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weignuer materials do, by contrast,
give a costume a decidedly original
When plain silken stuffs are em
ployed to build a party dress the
draped effect is sometimes obtained
by deep pocket folds confining, the
fullness over the hips, as in the de
sign pictured today, while 1 the re
quired elegance is obtained ' by the
DISPLAY OF FEMININE
LONGER THRILLS MAYBE
The public is becoming sadly
sophisticated. It is a difficult task to
manufacture a real thrill nowadays.
Chorus girls, dressed in tights and
jackets that caused theatergoers to
gasp 20 years ago, wouldn't arouse a
comment today except, perhaps, a
few blase remarks about such dress
being "terribly old-fashioned."
This is the opinion' voiced by Miss
Prankie Bailey, a member of "The
Century Girl" company at the Cen
tury theater, New York, whose ex
perience in choruses and other fields
of stage endeavor qualify her to
"When tights became the rage,"
says Miss Bailey, "the public thought
the last venture in daring stage cos
tumes had been made. But not so
"'After tights, what?' was the
question the managers had to answer.
" 'Nothing,' was the reply. And
they have come just as near nothing
as they dare. In these modern times
the chorus parades in bare legs, de
collete and sleeveless dresses and the
filmiest of filmy draperies.
" 'Costumes by Dame Nature,' one
wag called them. -
"Such a display of feminine form,
common today, would have caused a
riot in the eighteen nineties. I sup
pose I notice the difference because I
was in the thick of the first 'shock
ing productions.' "
It was Miss Bailey who shocked
unlimited use or gom and silver
thread in huge floral embroidery.
A shawl draped skirt is wonder
fully effective when a light and dark
color contrast is employed. '
Such a design makes up to the
best advantage when the straight
breadths of drapery are adjusted over
a simply, girdled chemise frock of
very sheer texture.
FORM ON STAGE NO
theater audiences by a view of her
symmetrical understanding in her
famous Amazon costume.
"But even if the public did gasp a
bit when the first girl in tights ap
peared on the stage, such a costume
looks like a heavy blanket compared
with the barefooted, undress chorus
"The stage fashion of as little
clothes as possible is not confined to
the chorus. Stars and principals
have joined this 'back-to-nature'
"Madame Nazimova in her new
play, 'Ceptlon Shoals,' appears in a
one-piece bathing suit. Ann Mur
dock, in 'Please Help Emily,' ran the
gamut from pajamas to bathing cos
"Among the dancers there is Miss
Ruth St. Denis, who is well clad in a
coating of brown, pigment and a few
beads, or the Morgan dancers, minus
the pigment, with little Greek tunics
of chiffon their only dress.
"Miss Gertrude Hoffman, in her
production of -'Sumurun' wore
French-heeled, slippers, but no hose,
and a very hort skirted dress. In
her new numbers she is. demonstrat
ing, sartorially speaking, that brevity
is the soul of wit. She makes up in
brilliant coloring what she lacks 'in
extent of material.
"Whether or not the ultimate
absolute nude will be reached, de
pends on the future and the police,
who are more easily shocked than