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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 13, 1912, Image 9',
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WE MODERN WOMEN -ARE THE MARTYRS TO MODS
SAYS ANNA HELD ' , "
(Editor's Note The following
spirited attack on modern fash
ions by a noted actress' is repro
duced' by permission from the
April Green Book Album.)
By Anna Held.
The whole tendency of modern
fashions is not to rhake women
beautiful, but onlyl.
to martyr them.
Their bodies are
tired out with stiff
corsets and with the
weight of the
clothes they wear.
When a woman is
worn vrith the bur
den of her clothes
her face is haggard
and tired. Modern
clothes certainly do
not "make for beau
ty. Modern clothes
are absurd, lhey
are uncomfortable and unhy
gienic Frequently they are hide
ous. Yet all women wear them.
I am sure some day some wo'm
an will be courageous enough
'to defy fashion and clever enough
to evolve a costutrte that will be
bath sensible and becoming.
Men understand the art of
dressing much" better than wom
en. Do you think a tnan would
ge't anywhere if he went in high
heeled shoes, holdingon to his
hat with one hand and holding
up his train with the othei, with 'a
hatpin sticking into his headfpn
one side and a hairpin on 'the
I have a lovely dinner gown
all lace and embroidery and chif
fon, with four trains'! When I go
out to get into the motor every"
thing has to wait while I pick up:
all my trains. I never know
where they are. I caiji't even hold,
them up because the skirt is so.
So I pin them up under my coat
and I have to remember to unpin
them before I take my coat off,
for when they are pinned safely,
out of the way, the gown is up to
Big hats are not comfortable.
Yet all women wear them. I have
worse hats than anybody. We
must be in the fashion. We can
not break the laws or outrage the
conventions. And to be out i
the fashion is equally bad. :
The elaborate coiffure a woman
wears is a dreadful thing. Masses
of puffs and curls pinned on over
her own hair. The coiffure musb
be responsible for many headr
And jthe gowns! The pocni
women are falling and tumblingj
around because they cannot move
in the tight skirts. They cannof
walk. They cannot step up into,
an automobile. ' xr
One hears of many accidents
because of these tight skirts. YJet
women wear them. It cannot bet
because they like to be uncomr
fortable and always in danger
They are afraid to defy the fah-c
,ion andjip orie has shown then.