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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 4, 1919, Lethbridge, Alberta V Backs Now Actually put to the Waistline, with the Opaque Skirt-Ending "Just Below the and Twenty Thousand Dollars a Year for Clothes is, Now a Very Frequent Expenditure, Says an Expert. Types of the Freak Clothes (Still Short in Spite of Prediction) Worn on Paris Thoroughfares, with Extravagant Jewels. ucmen at Ihe- French resorts were amazed at- the scantiness of attire ob- served on the French womrii- (Uncing frocks iri'h a V-cnl. bock to the waistline. udiiboost, as low in-front." "Dancing skirls are very lillle beloiv the knees." B: FOLLOWING-the of extravagance such as we ar_c witnessing to- day in other of the belligerent countries where millionaires were created out of tha rriqk- ing of war, France today., is enjoying a fashion In Paris this orgy of clothes' is unmistakably French. In brilliance of display and in shocking sums of expenditure, never has this old world witnessed anything to approach it. Even Maria Antoinette, whose rutcie down through the 'ages, always neniioncd ia 1 tame breath with the final and tragic straggle if the French people to support her i never dreamed'of such a situation; It..must be- tzid to the credit of the beautiful but unwise con- lort of Louis XVI. that by comparison with pres- ent day life in France, the young Queen was in- deed modest in her dress and luxurious require- Looking over the whole range of feminine spenders in this country, I cannot recall American woman who is likely to admit spending a huge sum as on her elothing- _ But in France this past Oh, well, I will let Charles Kurzman, a New York author- ity, who lias just returned from the fashion centres where was gathered the beauty, the wealth, the aristocracy of the French republic, tell about it. After the French Revelation "filler the French Revolution'the same thing said Mr, Knrzman. "People were heartily sick of bloodshed, and the anxiety and misery of loose awful days they tried'to put out of their memory by plunging gayly into life's other extremes, tho gayctie! and brillignce of an extravagant society. "If spending money is synonomons with hap- piness then the French people, following the past five yean of terrible, warfare, have succeeded very well said Mr. Kurzman. "This spending was not confined to clothes" he said. "I saw francs change handj at a gambling table at a prominent summer re- sort.last Augasl. All the famous French" seaside places were crowded to and while list one could get a room at Deuville for a it was impossible to secure accomrr.o. dations this "season for anything like.that price. A table d'hote dinner at the Casino cost ?I5, and a breakfast of one roll and coffee "In the question of clothes, France reached the high record the past season, both in scanti- ncss-of attire and in price. Over for One Gown "Ju-t before I left France, a well known Parisian house sold -a broadtail costume for frincs. While it is true .that clothes ars almost double the price they Verc before the war, such a figure is: IT drew in a year. "There most be nt least 600 women in France who spend this, much every yenr on their clothing. 1 know one woman wl.o has seven fur coats. I krtow another woman who wears n long chfin of pearls valued at Many women wore precious ropes of pearls wound about their arms, serpentine fashion. "But these things do not surprise file. 1 am accustomed to French women and their love for dress. There is no question that the French woman is the best dressed woman in "American women, I not take ex- ception to this, for I do not mean to reflect upon Iheii- good taste in dress. What I do mean, how. ever, is the great care, the great amount of time' the French women lavish on their dress; the great amount of study they give to It. And naturally ill this is certain to get results. Compared with American Vomen "The American woman wears beautiful clolhia and she wears them well. She has n figure on which smart clothes show olf to advantage. But the French woman studies the cffect'bf the clothes she wears. She gives great consideration lo the the hose, the glovci, the hats, the wnpi and the jewels she wears. All these beautifully. She is exquisitely gowned from the tips of her toca to her "carefully studied suite her type exactly, bringing out all the good little points of her hair, features, eyes and complexion, and softening any little defects she may possess in the line of beauty. "I often American women would more lime for Iheir.dress. They would get better results. It is the same.with everything of course. Fine art is not accomplished in a hurry. American Women Moat Adaptable "But Ihu American woman Is most adaptable, and she is entirely at variance with her French sister in some matters of drcsr. For instance, American women, wearing smart gowns at the French resorts, were amazed, and then nmuscd alJTic panliness of attire observed on the French women. Sleeveless gowns, dancing, frocks with a V cut back to the aqd almost as low in front, until I hears n dancing partnjcrremark: 'There is no place I can put my hand on the back of your goivn, because I can't notico "anything of. a gown.' "Such a style would hardly go in this country. In France, set in the surroundings, somehow one gets accustomed lor it and doesn't think it out of the ordinary. t. "Thcce gowns 6t jatcst Parisian 'design, o( course arc imported here, but they arc adapted to the wearer. For Instance, the back may be filled in with tulle or metallic embroidery, or somo Eoft stuff. "Dancing skirts arc very littlo below ihs knees, that is 1o any the silk underskirt is; the lace flounce which falls over thia may be a few inches longer, TiemiMpcr Frilnre 'iff Pkotoi Paul One of the Astonishing Varieties of "Novel" Gowns Earlj "There is one rtajoa, I mppese, ;why. French women. spend more- Tnonejr en their clothes (hap any other women. Tlvey liava mon plnccs to wear them. For instance, wjraen dom- inate France. They always have, from their. queens and the mistresses of kinga down. That is why France, While backward in many other Jines of development, rules the world f union. "For example, track In France is not purely for the sport Is in this country. People go to see the wonderfully gowned and jewelled women. It is the tame thing at the operas, and often e. great art exhibit, a secondary attraction, is that of tho women visitors. Dressing, the French 'Woman's Life "FrcncJi women yho cTress_ extravagantly do littlo else than dress and nmusc themselves. Life in this country la different. Few American women spend the eame amount of time AS their French sisters in their boudoirs. "Vcs, France has thrown oft the mourning anil the misery of five years of said Mr. Kun- man. "And she is doing It magnificently." American women who read this will own opinion. At this juncture In" the affairs' of a troubled world, they. may not with to give. more. time to their clothes. That is' another question. I Ei'mply wished to put before you the arton- ishing facts about France. )f you "decide that France's orgy of dress expenditure amounts to a scandal the facts will have served a purpose. Yet you may wish to listen to Mr. Kunmnn'a advice, where It bears on questions of care and Hindu Hospitality WITH Hindu life traditional duty of hospitality. the duty of householder to. ofTer meal, to nny stranger who may come before midday.and aak for one. '-The mislress-of ,tnc house.does not lit down to her meals-until every member'is fed, nnd as sometimes her food is all that is left, thf docs not take her menl untiljafter middiy lest hungry 'stranger should como and ctilm one. The position of the mistress, though ono of groat authority, is nlso of considerable- responaj. bility; she has the upbringing of the children, boys nnd Rirlsj their religious instruction, tho cere of Ihcir material welfare) it is the who ar- ranges their weddings and oftm determines their future cnrccr. Her-rulcjs autocratic, but baaed on love flncl understanding. After the mistress of the house comes tha younger women; the daughter enjoys great lib- crty ar.d is chartered favorite, for sho leaves soon aflec marriage, nnd tho duughter-ln- ia made much of; the new home musJ: ba rnada sweet her, so "that she may not freTtha change, and is she not Id be the mother, of your grandchildren, tweeter, to "you In) your declining venrir than ever your'own children were, when were younger? Life at home Is not so dull to the young women 'as you rimy imagine; there is plenty if innocent fun and amusement; when .the husbnnd of newly married daughter visits the homo of his wife, the wife's glrPfrlends, her sisters anil cousins, ftTe all aglow with excitement, and tha newcomer has to EubT.j'it 1o many praclica] jokej. -'I' ;