Fashion: The Minihabit

Exposure having just about reached its limits, designers these days are hard put to find new ways to shock and titillate. Not Chicago's Walter Holmes, who has seized on the classic notion that nothing is more arousing than violation of what is most sacred. Thus he has turned out a pair of dresses that are outraging some people (especially the devout) while delighting others. The designs, now being sold through the Paraphernalia boutique chain: a miniskirted version of a nun's habit and an equally abbreviated copy of a belted monk's robe, both with hoods that can be removed to...

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