MODERN LIVING: Cinderella Steps Out

When Huck Finn put on his patched, faded blue denim overalls to go catfishing on the Mississippi, he never dreamed that he was anticipating a fashion trend for 1953. But last week, in shops and stores across the land, no cloth was selling faster, or in more colorful varieties, than once drab, once humble denim. For the U.S. textile industry, it is the Cinderella cloth that became queen of the ball.

Denim's revolution is a product of the two-day weekend, the trek to the suburbs, and the increasing informality and casualness of U.S. living....

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