Art: Dressmaker's Diary

War-torn pages from the diary of the famed Chicago-born Paris dress designer Mainbocher, whose salon is now located on Manhattan's 57th Street, were published last week in the New York Herald Tribune. Excerpts:

Nov. 2, 1942—There are too many women whose thighs cannot stand to be silhouetted and overcaressed by the too straight skirt. My responsibility will be to remember the different problems of our different clients and try to solve them within the framework of L-85.*

Jan. 8, 1943—No heavy perfume of the past for me this season, but I do like the new, deep flounces. They look as different as it...

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