A Letter From The Publisher, Mar. 22, 1976

Our sort of journalism at TIME is not greatly subject to seasonal cycles, but there are some predictable moments every year. With the first whiff of winter, editors—who are not above escapism—start thinking of stories about cruises or resorts. With the first anticipation of winter's end, they begin to consider spring fashions. This year we decided that the success of the American look—and the remarkably attractive and varied new designs by leading American fashion makers—deserved cover story treatment.

The color illustrations, including the Halston-clad model on the cover and the four pages accompanying the story, were researched by Mary Themo, a longtime...

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