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petticoats, shorter skirts and the ex
treme V-shaped necks in afternoon
and street costumes are a few of the
features of today -which indicate the
trend of feminine fashion towards an
era of greater bodily freedom- and
Women are beginning to duplicate
the styles of a time when milady was
delighted with a spare but delicate
silken drapery or with the pleasing
touch of a Spotted Leopard's skin,
hung artistically from the shoulders.
Such is the belief of E. W. Gifford,
expert in dress evolution and member
of the anthropology department at
the University of California.
This is his reason for it:
The fact that there is only a lim
ited number of styles in which gar
ments can be cut and still be wear
able makes repetition of fashions ne
cessary, if there are to be constant
changes in dress to meet the insa
tiable desire of women for something
Styles recur at various intervals,
some long, some short. What was
once the vogue is bound in due time
to return again, however distressing
it may be to the feminine mind. The
styles of today are not new and
neither will be those of tomorrow.
They are merely repetitions, with va
riations, of what has gone before at
some time in history.
For all the so-called novelties in
women's dress springing up from
time to time to deplete father's pock
etbook, somewhat similar types can
be found in the clothing of antiquity.
Experts who have the "lowdown" on
feminine dress can prove this by a
display of statues of women, femin
ine garments and other relics found
in tombs of the ancients. Many of
these are surprisingly like clothing
worn by women of recent and pres
ent times. i
So it is that present tendencies
show which way the wind is blowing
in the field of fashion.
Women are rapidly diminishing the
quantity of their costumes, rejerting
bark to styles in the days of Helen of
Troy and Cleopatra.
"There is nothing new in the divid
ed skirt, the harem skirt, the hobble,
skirt and the flounced skirt," said
Gifford. "These features were con
sidered novel when they came into,
style recently. History of dress dis
proves this. The ancient women
wore such skirt styles, just as they
did many other articles similar to
those now in vogue.
"Corsets, for instance, were pop
ular 1,500 years B. C.
"Anthropologists have discovered
a statue of High Priest Sennuw and
his wife, found in tombs of nobles
wh6 flourished during the time of
King Cheops, builder of the pyramids.
Airs. Sennuw wore a hobble skirt
much like that worn by American
women not so long ago. The high
priest also wore a wig, just, to show
that this style for men isn't so very
"All this was 4,700 years ago."
47 WESTERN ELECTRIC WORK
ERS PERISH IN RIVER
Boston, Nov. 7. Forty-seven per
sons, most of "them employes at the
South Boston plant of the Western
Electric Co., were drowned like rats
in a trap when a crowded car of Bos
ton Elevated Street Railway plunged
through open drawbridge into Ft.
Point channel just outside South
Car fell 40 feet into 75 feet of wa
ter. The motorman, conductor and
eight passengers, " standing on the
platforms escaped. Wm. Good, who
broke through window after car
sank, is believed only person inside
car who escaped. .
Motorman and conductor held on
technical charge of manslaughter.
'Motorman Gerard Walsh said wagon
obscured danger signal and brakes
would not work.
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