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September 02, 1995 - Image 112

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-09-02

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This trend has its origins in the remark-
able scientific and engineering advances that
have taken place in the 20th century be-
ginning with the development of the auto-
mobile and the airplane, and more recently
radio, TV, nuclear power, computers, rock-
et power, and now cellular telephones. The
result of these inventions has been a fan-
tastic revolution in the way we live, travel
and communicate, that is almost beyond
Textiles, too, have seen revolutionary
changes from the simple cotton, wool, linen
and silk woven fabrics in the early 1900s to
marvelous easy-care synthetic fibers used
alone or in combination with other fibers to
produce a fascinating array of textures and
Fashion adaptability and flexibility along
with easy care and an infinite variety of col-
ors provide a fantastic range of design capa-
bility. At the same time, hand work is
becoming more and more of an oddity.
Feminine fashions have through similar
radical change related to the changes in so-
ciety that have been equally dramatic. The
French couturiers beginning with Poiret
around 1910 set the fashion trends that were
ultimately copied for customers with more
modest budgets.
Skirts were long or longer except during
the Roaring '20s in the era of the Charleston.
But, skirts suddenly went long again in the
1929 stock market crash giving rise to the
myth that skirt lengths rise in good economic
times and fall in bad times.
World War II generated an immediate,
dramatic fashion change to the knee length
skirt mandated by government in
order to save fabric that was needed for uni-
And in 1947 Christian Dior dropped his
famous bombshell when, overnight, he low-
ered hemlines to mid-calf.
In those days, style trends were estab-
lished by one or two French fashion lead-
ers. Then, other designers followed with
adaptations at various price points.
The speed with which the public ac-
cepted fashion change was related to ge-
ography and degree of fashion awareness.
In general, Europeans accepted these new
ideas quickly whereas U. S. women re-
sponded more slowly—sooner on the East
and West coasts while the more conserva-
tive Midwest was invariably last.

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