Hepburn's Floppy Pants & the FIT
schaffer at optonline.net
Wed Jul 2 12:02:15 MDT 2003
> Katherine Hepburns signature baggy slacks suits were the
> centerpiece of The American Look--the creation of Elizabeth Hawes
fascinating. my sis is a clothes/fabric designer in the City, i am
forwarding this piece to her.
did Hawes have a daughter by the way? google is showing an Elizabth B
Hawes who has collaborated with Martha Stewart, but also wrote an
interesting looking book on NYC apartments:
anyway, on EH herself:
and from: http://www.undelete.org/woa/woa12-16.html
B. 12-16-1903, Elizabeth Hawes - U.S. Fashion designer, feminist,
and writer. EA operated an exclusive couturiere in New York City,
authored Fashion is Spinach (1938) debunking the fashion scene
including the uncomfortable clothes men wear.
EH was the first American to display a fashion collection in Paris.
She advocated pants for women, skirts for men, and child care
centers for children.
In Why Women Cry (1943) she detailed the hardship women suffer as
working women. Her mother was an early Vassar graduate and
encouraged the careers of her daughters.
EH was editor of the "News for Living" department for PM (1940). She
advocated clothes that fit the body, softly fitted bias-cut dresses.
Her book Hurry Up Please It's Time (1946) chides women for being
submissive and taking wage and hour cuts.
Her Anything But Love (1948) is a satiric compilation of the rules
of feminine behavior as promulgated by films, radio, and newspapers.
Her first attempts at fashion design became a battle as
manufacturers changed materials and even styles to fit the current
concept of what women should wear rather than EH's concepts of easy
wearing and care styles.
Elizabeth Hawes (1903-1971) wrote Why Women Cry: or Wenches with
Wrenches, a book describing women's experiences working in the
Wright Aeronautical Plant in Paterson.
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