Fashion: Instant Originals

Fashion this fall seems to be the work of the Madwoman of Chaillot. Plus elements of a rummage sale, a fancy-dress party, and that haphazard art form based on "found objects."

The "little nothing" black dress will no longer do, even if it carries a famous designer's label. Today a woman is expected to design herself, assembling on her body a collage of bright colors, sensuous textures and glittering accessories. There are jeweled vests, billowing felt capes, balloon pants, plus pounds of false jewelry, ribbons, scarves, belts and chains—anything that can be combined...

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