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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 17, 1915)
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LADY. DUFF-GORDON, the famous MLuaV of
London, and foremost creator of fashions in. the.
world, 'write each week the fashion article for
this newspaper, presenting all that is newest and beat in
styles for well-dressed women. ... -
" Lady Duff-Cordon't Paris establishment bring her
into dose touch with that centre of fashion.
By Lady Duff-Gordon ("Lucile").
HE most Important thing about baying dresses la to know
bow to wear them. This may seem like an obvious re
mark, but I assure you that If you will look about you, aa
' I do, on tbo streets. In the ballrooms and every placed
where women who hare money enough to buy good clothes and who
do buy good clothea gather, you will tee that Its significance ta at
least not obrlous to the majority of theBe women. Borne look as
though their clothes had been thrown op them, others aa. though
(they were wearing clothes made for some one else only In the tew
do you find the perfect harmony of dress and manner which speaks
It seems a pity that ao Important a thing should be so neglected.
For I take it that In dress every woman alms to attain a certain
standard, and that standard Is looking her best In the best kind of
clothes she can get, and when we say "She dresses like a lady" we
'only mean that she has arrived at this standard. -
Bo far as externals are concerned, everybody can look like a
lady, Just as with a little training any one can pass for a lady or
A woman who does not know the "trick" of wearing a beautiful
dress may look like a servant wearing ber mistress's clothes. And
the servant who has been so trained may share honors with a
It must be remembered that a woman is not made to ahow off
dresses, but that dresses are made to ahow off the woman. The
dress la subsidiary; It should be designed, to bring out the good
parts of the, wearer and to bide the baa parts. It must be in lntl-
Lady Duff-Gordon Describes
the Proper Way to Get the
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A Dress of Brocade, Chiffon and Fur by Lad
Duff-Gordon "in Harmony with Its
' Wearer and Worn Absolutely
mate harmony with Its owner; It must be a part of her. Anything
which accentuates the fact that the dress Is not a part of the wearer.
that cries out, however softly. "Don't bother looking at the woman
who has me on Just look at me!" is all wrong.
A little, shrinking woman who tries to wear a regal dress is ab
surd, and an Imperial, dominant woman who triea to wear aa in
genue gown la a thing for pity, and a dumpy, little fat woman who
tries to wear the clothes of willowy youth Is a horror!
Learn to walk. 80 few women know how. Personally I be
lieve that from earliest childhood a girl should be trained in the old
free Greek fashion, or In the unconscious way In which the Italian
peasant acquires her grace , Any woman who will lift her bands
above ber head and bold In them some small object, like a vase,
letting hands and object rest upon the bead, and who will then walk
for half aa hour In ber room every morning in that position will
cauire the essential grace towear a dress properly. That Is. If
she has also gotten a dress which Is harmonious with her.
Let her, with ber hands holding this object on her head, sway
about her room, striving to bring each muscle Into harmony. Within
a week she will have seen that the waddle, the atiff, awkward gait,
has gone to give way to slower, graceful, harmonious movements.
This exercise and another win do mere to make a person know
kow to wear clothes than anything else I know. The other exercise
is to place a little ball on the floor and with a long, swinging motion
of the arm pick It up, banding slowly and easily first one knee after
the other In dolrg ao.
We then have, first, through the careful selection of the dress,
harmony between It and its owner.
Through the exercises we haTe the carriage which Is necessary.
Third and last, it only requires care la seeing that everything
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Why Savages Can't
THE) decrease of Indians and the Increase' of half-breeds
art two of the startling facts brought out by the thir
teenth census. Of the 265,683 persons classed as .
Indians only 58.5 per cent are full-bloods. 85.1 per cent are
mixtures, mostly with the whites, and S.4 per cent undeter
mined mixtures. , V
Wo have been led to believe that the number of true In
dians was increasing, but now we find that they are not only
decreasing, but at a rate which meana ultimate extinction.
, Here is a medical problem of extreme interest It haa been
estimated that when Columbus arrived there were only about
S00.000 Indians In America, as they were widely Scattered
and needed much land for hunting. We took away their
subsistence, and therefore had to feed them, yet only about
f Tasmanians disappeared completely as a result of the in-
Jurlous factora of civilisation harmless to us; and the
Hawaiian s have already become a negligible factor In the
new population of their island homaf but we fondly believed
that no such fate was In store for our Indians.
We have fed them, clothed them, housed them, educated
them, moralized them, vaccinated them, kept them from'
whiskey and protected them from every known adversity,'
and yet they melt away, whereas they thrived so greatly
under privations and occasional famines that xonstant war
fare was necessary to kill off the surplus.
It is a Question of physiology which our physiologists
have strangely neglected, says a writer In American Medi
cine. We must now realise that a physique evolved for sav-'
- age life Is somehow unfit to live In civilization. The type la
out of place and cannot be sent back to an environment fit
for It, and perhaps we cannot create an artificial one.
The fate of the mixed bloods probably will be the same.
In spite of apparent vigor of the present atock. Such hybrid
types never have survived If the two parent types were
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