Foreign News: Midriff and Morale

With robomb speed the news swept feminine Britain—hips will henceforth be streamlined, busts will again be budgetable. By edict of the nine middle-aged men who sit on the Corset Advisory Board, Britain's "austerity" corset (TIME, Aug. 7) has gone the way of the bustle and the hoopskirt. No more will the cotton-and-cardboard stays bulge in the wrong places, snag up in coils where curves should be. There will now be unlimited steel for buckles, hooks,, studs; rubber for suspenders (garters); bone for busks (rigid frontal supports). For foundation and trimmings, there will be lace, plush, velvet. Britain's long-suffering women, plump from...

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