Modern Living: Up in Arms

RUDI GERNREICH is one of the few designers to see the funny side of fashion. The topless bathing suit was a typical Gernreichian prank — and it drew plenty of publicity. When he unveiled his spring line in New York City last week, Gernreich brought the house down with a four-sleeved dress. It was a takeoff on the old — and newly fashionable — custom of draping a sweater over the shoulders and tying the sleeves loosely round the neck. On the Gernreich number, only the sweater sleeves exist; sewed to the shoulders of the dress, they can be tied...

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