A Letter From The Publisher, Feb. 1, 1971

IN reporting the fashion industry's plunge ' into midiskirts last year, TIME went out on a limb and predicted that leg lovers would somehow stage a counterattack. They have, and with a vengeance, as is made clear in this week's Modern Living section in a story and color pictures on fashion's latest sensation—the superbrief hot pants. The new phenomenon startles even devotees of the miniskirt. Reporter-Researcher Mary Themo, who provided much of the legwork for the story, is enthusiastic about the hemline's latest caprice and is looking for the "right pair" for her own wardrobe. Writer Johanna Davis has a few...

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