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MILADY ISN'T GOING TO SHOW HER LEGS ANY
MORE "PUT ON YOUR BLUE HAIR, MOTHER"
BY GERTRUDE GORDON.
New York, -March 10. "Weegs,
weegs! Of a suretythey will be worn.
Red and blue and purple, and, oh, ze
beautiful green. But only in ze even
ing nevair in ze day."
With this statement Mine. Henri
Joire, sister-in-law and representa
tive of Paauin, said the last word to
day as to colored wigs. Some Amer
ican women may doubt that this new
freak of fashion will be adopted, but
Mine. Joire, as an authority, said she
could assure them that they would
soon be wearing colored wigs just as
they took to slit-skirts. And mention
ing slits opened another question
which Mme. Jdire settled.
"Milady will show her leg no
more," said Mme. Joire, and then in
her rich French accent she sounded
the deathknell of. the sl't skirt.
"It is gone like a breath pouf
it is no more. It will not come back.
The skirts are flat front and back
and have the gathered drapery at the
side and under the knees. See! and
she showed her own skirt.
Just below the knees it was caught
into fold's which must have made the
skirt at least three yards wide around
the bottom.' Not a suspicion bf a
slit or a slash was there; and the front
and back panels of ' the gown were
Going in search of k reason for the
passing of the slit skirt, the dance
craze now prevailing was found to be
"Mme. Paquin, she see -how every
body tango, everybody turkejr trot,
everybody do the dance, but nobody
had the right kind of dress. They
cannot move without danger of fall
ing or tripping. The dresses were so
ungraceful. So now they are made so
the tango may be danced in them,
ah so easily," and madame illus
trated with a few steps of her own. .
You cannot be a Paquinese and
wear a bustle. .
"Not for Paquin," was the pro
nouncement on this impending fad,
"except for elderly women. Then it
will be only the looped thin chiffon
But the. death of the narrow slit
skirt does not mean room is made for
more clothes underneath. Instead
my lady will be as iHviting to pneu
monia germs as ever.
"Underclothes? You must have
just so little as you can," said Mme.
Joire. "They are getting thinner
and narrower and lower. Wear just
almost nothing at all and you will be
all right." ,
Society crowded the ballroom of
the Ritz-Carltoh today for the exhibi
tion of Paquin gowns'. As the models
stepped upon the stage and- then
walked slowly down -the aisles so that
the women and sonie men might
view the gowns more closely, some of
the low-cut bodices drew forth gasps
from the audience! The models didn't
So thin was the net and chiffon
over the shoulders that thin strips of
beading held the skirts up, for the
material of whicjk the wafsts were
made was utterly unequal to the task.
But with all the brilliant display of
gowns and the g'asps ofastopishment
or approval as her models, appeared,
Mme. Joire returned- to the wigs.
"They will-set off the dresses so
well," was her parting words. "Blue
and. jrink, oh, they are magnifique
o o '-
"Parents are more c.a$rindrance
than a help to thdi'r children -after the
latter are 18 or 19 years old," says a
Columbia University professor. That .
may be what a great many young
folks think, too, but if they have that
idea about their parents why might
they not also consider strangers, by
whom they are employed, and who
are older han themselves, as hindrances?