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Weather Causes Coeds


Pack Away Winter Wardrobe

Parisienne Designers Show 1>
Season's New Styles, Colors
Representatives of American Fashion Firms'
Attend Premiere Featuring of Spring Lines
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Summer Clothes To Feature
Simple Designs, Practicality

The spring
since that time,

of 1952 started several weeks ago in Ann Arbor and
coeds have been seen packing up their winter woolens

Editor's Note: Gayle Green was a
former member of the Daily staff who
~.is now studying in Europe. She was
recently in Paris and sent the follow-
ing description of the latest French
Among the high couturiers of
Paris, the swirl of activity in the
gold and white studio of a fashion
designer, receives the hawk-like
attententlon necessitated by keen
And as far away as the thriving
little village ,of Ann Arbor, the
Influence of this Parisienne de-
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in about an hour and a half is
accompanied smoothly and with
ease by a group of slim, sleek
models, each with a personality
of her own.
Only one sported the popular
poodle hair cut. Most of the others
wore rather long, smoothly laq-
uered hair styles that make the
hair look much shorter than it
actually is.
Most of the French women wear
their hair very short favoring the
boy-cut so popular in the United
States a short while ago.
All themodels wore the palest
nude stockings as a fitting com-
plement to the neutral color
scheme and shoes with needle slim
Though a few may have lacked
the freshness and wholesomeness
required of the popular American
model, they retained more of an
individuality and a great deal ofQ
With the final twirl of the last
creation, a hostess, smartly dressed
in a tailored black wool, pulls back
the shirred flesh colored drapes
and opens the windows to let the
sunlight back into the gold and
white room.
Then a bevy of sales girls, iden-
tically clad in crepe dresses rush
out to take their favorite cus-
tomers in hand and begin the real
work of the selling of the crea-
In this manner, then, the de-
signer gets his creations from the
dressmaker to the manufacturers
and buyers, and eventually to the
dress-rack in a department store
in the United States.
Ultimately they will be worn by
the ordinary housewife on her
night out once a week.
With so many people of all de-
scriptions involved it is easy to see
what a bustle goes on at a studio
showing of the latest Paris styles.
Some of the excitement gener-
ated at the showings is still theref
when a saleswoman shows a low-
priced model to an eager customer.
Just how much the French de-
signers still set the pace for world
fashions is a debatable point. It
was the French, however, who
started the trend for longer hem-
lines after the war.
Color in many unusual hues and
flowing, feminine lines are the
keynote of present Paris fashions
and wil undoubtedly find their
way soon into the American fash-
ion scene.

-Daily-Matty Kessler
PARTY PREPARATION-Mary Jo Kohl assists Carolyn Crego
with last minute adjustments before one of the many spring
dances. Campus stores are showing dresses in a variety of styles
and colors for formal affairs.

with mothballs and putting them away for the duration of the warm
When the first warm rays of the sun began to warm the waters
of the Huron, spring fever took hold of the female contingent when
they realized the time it takes to keep summer cottons looking fresh.
* * * *
THE FASHION NOTE this year is made to order for women in
this sort of dilemma. They stress wrinkle-proof fabrics of all varieties,
and even more practical designs, minus frills, sleeves and other
bothersome details.
While new cottons are designed to be more wearable and
durable, they are also made to be more comfortable. One of the
most popular styles on campus these days is the sleeveless dress,
not only because it is easy to take care of, but because it is cooler
and gives freedom of arm movement.
Full skirts and demure tucks will accent summer cottons. These
styles have been so popular that they have lasted for several years
* * * *
SPORT CLOTHES on a college campus tend, like most other
items in the wardrobe, to be more practical and comfortable than
stylish. Take for instance the perennial pair of jeans. Running a close
second are shorts of all descriptions, from whittled down jeans to
While the sun stays out, however, the dormitory lawns will
continue to be littered with women clad in bathing suits, which
offer the widest expantse of skin to get tanned.
For cool evenings in the arb, only one word can be said-the
Michigan sweat shirt and plaid wool shirt will never be replaced.
When Saturday evening rolls around and the fraternities and
dormitories celebrate with formal dances, no coed cares to be caught
without a frilly summer formal.
* *' * *
ORGANDY OF ALL pastel hues of the rainbow designed with
bell-shaped skirts just above the ankles are alleged to be the most
popular this year. Of course this kind of formal requires just the
right kind of dancing slipper, with the highest heel.
Also sheer nylon stockings with a decorated heel pattern fit
the bill for this year's formal outfit.
Formal accessories include the white shortie coat. New to the
market this year is the spencer jacket, fluffy white topper that comes
to the waist and has batwing sleeves and usually a single decorative
button at the throat or waist.
NEW MATERIALS developed within the last year are being used
for the lining of summer coats, and are advertised as being more
practicable for both summer and winter wear than the old satin or
faille linings.
Local shopping centers are continually getting requests for
the artificial flowers that go with every outfit from cotton dress
to daintiest formal. It is becoming more and more handy to add
a spot of color to an outfit or vary an outfit from day to day with
different artificial flowers.
Summer suits, in navy or pastels are a welcome addition to any
wardrobe. With a sheer nylon or cotton batiste blouse, and an artifi-
cial flower at the neck, these ensembles will fit most occasions. Suits
are about the easiest item to take care of that coeds can wear.
If made of wrinkle-resistant fabric, they can be worn time and
again after being hung near a steamy bathtub, and never have to
have an iron touched to them.
Summertime is fun-time, and most coeds get enjoyment in plan-
ning their clothes for day-to-day wear and for the many activities
she will participate in from now until the winter winds blow again.
Jewelry with a light touch can liven up any outfit. White bead
necklaces with earrings and bracelet to match are very low-priced
and are pracitcal because white can be used with any combination of
If a little brightness needs to be added, pearl necklaces are avail-
able in hues ranging from pink, blue, lavender, purple to aqua and
gold. Pearls seem to be year-round favorites, but pastel colors to
match formals or cotton dresses look especially nice.
Another accessory that appears about this time of year is white
nylon gloves. Certainly not designed for any practical purpose, they
just look nice.
Variations include navy-and-white herringbone plaids, and
checks in cotton fabrics.

signer reaches the consumer with-
in weeks of his Paris opening.
* s s
THIUS IT IS, that an end-of-
the-season visit to a courtyard
studio ablaze with crystal chande-
liers, offers a chance for study of
this influence.
Here are twirling, sleek young
mannequins with impossibly
small waists, dressed in the well-
cut styles that have set the trend
in the spring wardrobe of the
American woman.
At the beginning of the fashion
season, the premiere showing of
new spring lines began with the
fanfare and popping flash bulbs
of presses and American fashion
dreds of large American firms, sat
back in the gold and white chairs,
thoughtfully paid court to the flow
of tweeds, silks and shantungs be-
fore them and put in their bids
for those they felt might best suit
the American taste and pocket-
Within a few months, the $400
original might have to run the
gamut of the ready-to-wear field
in New York and even find a
trace of itself in a $9.95 copy in
a department store window.
It may be only a sleeve line or
a hem length or an over-all trend
that catches the public fancy, but
it is impossible to ignore what has
has been for years a steady influ-
ence on American fashion.
* * *
THE BEST WAY to discover
just what Paris has to say about
that new suit hanging in the
closet of the University coed is to
take a look at an over-all picture
of the 150 or so outfits in a show-
One thing stands out immedi-
ately-color. Dresses foretell
a muted spring in every shade of
beige, grey, eggnog and off-
white. The light wools and soft
flannels as well as the many
stiff shantungs and silks all echo
this natural theme.
Occasionally there is an out-
burst in bright red or with less
deviation from the neutral in a
,dull olive green.
s s
PRACTICALLY three-quarters
?of the outfits in the Paris lines
are convertible into something
else. The flanel outfit pictured
labove consists of a medium grey
jacket and simple skirt, flat over
,the stomach and full at the side
seams with an extra panel in the
When the jacket is removed
a dress underneath cut on the
same lines in pink and grey
stripe is revealed. Then by bring-
ing the panel around in front
and fastening it, one has a full
swirling skirt of the same stripe.
The same idea with slight vari-
ations is done in silks and shan-

-Daily-Malcolm Shatz
SUIT STANDBY-Pictured above is Janet Eckfield, a graduating
senior, who is glad for the beautiful spring weather in order to
wear her newly acquired summer suit. Suits in all varieties of
materials and styles are being featured this spring and summer
in all the stores. A new addition to the regular advantages of
summer suits is a guarantee against wrinkling. The new wrinkle
resistant fabrics, offered in navy or pastels, can be worn from
time to time without ironing, if they are hung near a steamy
bathtub. Sheer nylon or cotton batiste blouses are featured with
the ensembles to fit many occasions. Summer suits featured this
year are perfect outfits for traveling, because they are so easy
to care for and keep looking nice.

-Daily-Matty Kessler
BIKE HIKE-Always a favorite for active sports, nothing can
replace a pair of shorts or jeans in the coed's wardrobe. These
three, off on a trip to a local scenic spot, dress for comfort, not
for fashion. Diane Cooley on the left wears a Bermuda tennis
sweater which is light weight but still warm enough for cool
weather. Carol Wilkey, on the right, sports a typical short and
shirt outfit which is popular for women students throughout the
summer. Other clothes which coeds find useful for warm weather
are pedal pushers and Bermuda shorts. The latter come in bright
plaids and stripes and are often worn with knee-length shorts.
" Something new in the sports-
^wear scene are the popular blue-
jeans dressed up in new bright
shades. Red, brown and green
colors are replacing the faded
'> a. dark blue that has been so fa-
miliar on the campus. Shirts
.<and hats to match are new addi-
tions to this summer's scene.
Many blouses are fashioned
with pleated backs for action
as well as feminine trimming.


-Daily-Jack Bergstrom

ACCESSORY ARTITRY-Admiring her new matching purse and
shoes is Lois Holtz. Also featured in the line of summer accessories
are striped gloves, purses, collars, cuffs and scarves, which can be
used to rejuvenate basic dresses into bright summer models. The
old color favorite, white, is being widely used in a variety of
jewelry especially attractive with the new campus favorites, dark
colored cottons. To satisfy all tastes, Paris designers have styled
gloves in both long and short lengths and in colors matching or

-Daily-Bruce Knoll

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