West Germany: Brunnhilde Reshaped

Though less celebrated than the economic miracle, or Wirtschaftswunder, another happy postwar transformation has overtaken West Germany. It might be called the Fräuleinwunder. In place of the pigtailed, fat-at-elbow female who used to be the popular image of Teutonic womanhood, a new generation of luscious, leggy girls has grown up for the delight of girl watchers everywhere —not to mention the tens of thousands of G.I.s who have married Müdchen.

Germany's three big fashion shows, just concluded, not only displayed the smart ready-to-wear clothes that have helped put chic into German life;...

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