liey are Mrs. Arthur Scqtt Sur.
den, Mrs. .J, Gordon Douglas, Mrs.
James B. Eustis, Mrs. Ernest Iselin,
Mrs. Ogden Mills, Jr., Mrs. William
K. Vanderbilt, Jr., and Mrs. Harry
The longer list of patronesses in
cludes all the VSnderbilts, Astors and
Goulds, etc., in the world! But it is
the seven young women named who
are to award the various prizes
among the designers of models at
the fashion fete. '
The proceeds of the fete are to be
given to the committee of mercy,
organized for the benefit of the
women and children left destitute by
the war, the families of reservists in
this country, as well as sufferers
The purpose of the fashion fete, all
its organizers agree, is not to sup
plant Paris as the creator of fash
ions, but merely to take up the work
which Paris is not now able to do.
Yet these women hope that a really
original American mode may be de
veloped and that it will no longer be
necessary to ticket gowns and goods
with the false label "imported" to
sell them to American women. "Many
people have felt," said Mrs. Harry
Payne Whitney, in discussing the
coming fete, "that French designers
have not entirely understood the pe
culiar, rigorous beauty of the Amer
ican woman and it is possible thst
New York dressmakers "may be able
to suit her better than the' French."
"Perhaps, we cannot hope to equal
Paris all at once,' 'said Mrs. Ogden
L. Mills, undoubtedly the most beau
tiful woman in New York society to
day. "As I understand the fashion
fete, New York is merely trying to
do its share to keep the fashion world
fh order while the French are at war.
A great many women have always
bought a part of their wardrobe hre
and certainly any one of us would
wear a gown made here as readily
as' one made abroad, provided it was
as lovely. The prejudice against
things made in America is not "so
Strpng as it is -supposed to be, I
The models are all to be shown
on living manikins, in varying tab
leaux on the stage. The prologue
and running comment will be givCn
by a young man and woman in fancy
costume. Debutates are to act as
ushers and actresses are to assist in
the disposal of the gowns which
some of the designers have contrib
uted to increase the funds.
PERFECTLY SERIOUS, TOO
I am a devotee of peace,
As intimated heretofore.
But I would smash an agent rash
Who touts a book about war.
CHANCE FOP A KINDNESS
"Mister, have you got any rnorf use1
for that cigar you juljt "threw away?"
"No? my good man. Ypu may have
it." ' .-.-.-
"Tanks ! Will you please pick it up
for me-Tve got a stiff Back."
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