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FREEDOM IN FASHION

by PAULA DAVIES

have exposed those parts of themselves they have felt to be attractive.

"Look at Pauline Borghese and Napoleon's Josephine. Even the Victorians, supposedly so respectable, wore shatteringly low-cut dresses. Nudity in fashion is a question of aesthetics, not morals. I don't believe in exposure for exposure's sake.

"Titillation and peek-a-boo is horrible but bad taste will out and those who have it will show bad taste in this as in everything else."

Would she wear a seethrough herself? "Of course not. I know what suits me and it isn't that."

Deirdre McSharry, a tawnyhaired girl with a laughing. Irish face, is Fashion Editor of the Sun and one of those rare people who believe that we should wear what we want to wear, not necessarily what suits us.

Dressed entirely suitably herself in a navy skirt and definitely opaque blouse, she has a younger, more fluid attitude to fashion than her colleagues.

"Fashion is there to cheer people up," she said. "I don't believe that anyone is too old, too fat, too thin, too short, too tall for any particular fashion.

"Like the caftan I think the see-through look will be worn by the sort of people who can create their own atmosphere whether it's at home or on holiday. Fashion now has become

so much a personal thing. People can now wear what they like and I think they feel a sense of relief because of it."

"If all the men who visit strip clubs were fashion writers the strip clubs could be closed down immediately," said Winefride Jackson, Editor of the Women's Pages on the Sunday Telegraph.

A woman of wit and quiet elegance she is as far removed from bad taste as strip-tease is from Shakespeare but watching the collections she felt she was in on a very special strip show. "I too have been to art classes so I'm not likely to grip my seat at the sight of nudity but there are two things to remember.

"Nudity can be beautiful or it can be vulgar, depending upon the individual and the circumstances. It can also be a deadly bore. Clothes, after all, are far more varied than the female shape. Colours and variations of style in clothes provide change and variety.

"Lying semi-nude on a beach in hot sun is fine but if you are going to walk along a promenade where everybody else is dressed you are going to make yourself look conspicuous. Some people are naturally conspicuous, Others go out of their way to be so.

"It is all a question of taste which, again, is a matter of training and I must admit I don't care for too much nudity in ordinary, everyday life."

The young are always willing to try new fashions but even they are guarded about this one. The girl assistants in fashion offices were a little bit wary.

"I'd never wear a seethrough dress," said one, "it would cause' too much embarrassment to others."

There is a faint hope, I suppose, that those who look better nude than clothed will be the only ones to wear the




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