Fashion: The New Underworld

The sack. The sheath. The tunic. The tent dress. Each new look required a closetful of new clothes. But never has the housecleaning been as thorough. Now it appears, the very underworld of women's fashions has been unmasked, the standard lingerie wardrobe has been suddenly rendered obsolete.

For one thing, there is the question of how to keep underthings out of sight. Plunging armholes, cut-outs and open midriffs bare whatever necklines don't reveal. Yesterday's brassieres were sturdy supports; today they have become slim bands in the wispiest of fabrics, with halter straps for bareback dresses, and low sides for bib...

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