Modern Living: For Goodness Snakes, the Serpents Have Come

It may be the Year of the Dog in China, but for the world of fashion there seems to be no doubt that the sea son belongs to the snake.

Boots and belts, hats and handbags, shirts, shawls, coats and evening gowns, even linens, lampshades and wallpaper — all bear the stamp of the serpent. Genuine cobra can be had as a raincoat, simulated copperhead as upholstery fab ric. And women known to keel over at a photograph of a python are now swaddling themselves in the real thing.

Couturiers were the first to be charmed....

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