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Sunday, September 27, 1925
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i rFn . n . . r V . . be x. II V . I 1 ' II - IIV 111 M .ef II II IILV J II 11V V . V II m t i . . - aw m, ir ys 5cm mm - - - . i.i 1 V HOW FASHION FOLLOWS ARCHITECTURE THROUGH THE CENTURIES. The Mesopotamian Ziggurat, ' or Terraced Temple Towar, and the Similarly Shaped . Assyrian "Mitre or Hat. BlHichM. CourtMy B. p. Dutton, N. T. Cltr A Minoan Pillar and a Minoan A 12th Century Lancet Arch and a Tudor Arch of the Final Gothic Phasa and Henrv Beauty. Note How Her Attire Woman's "Gable" Headdress, the General VII' Square Cap. Influenced b th. Apes the Pillar' Shape. Contour of Both the Sam. 4 Arch's Contours. A British - "Fashion Evolutionist" Sees Man Discarding ALL v Clothes and Clinging to His Motor - ' ILADY'S chapeka fashioned, tur - retwise, v like the Wool worth tower; hlr frock cut on, lines that unmistakably recall the sUy - plero. , ing, smoke - belching factories of PittsbuftH are these fantastic drajinu of some opium - eater or merely the sober, matlie - ' matical predictions of next year's styles made by that final i court ' ot decision, Science? If Gerald Heard, the famous British psychologist, historian and pamphleteer, is to be believed, 1926 will see the most i startlingly radical changes - in the mode, both feminine and masculine, that have ever astounded the globe with frowns. trousers, jackets and hats aping cupolas, theatres, atocK. exchanges ana oilice b Ingsl . , i And he backs up his thesis with a faMcl - ' natingly documented prophecy ., that human "plumage," which throughout the" civilized ages and before that has paralleled the architecture of the various periods, will continue to 'do 'so only more closely. ' I Even more breath - taking that that Is bis crlimpse into the future, in Vhich he f oesees man probably reduced to. a brain i riresscd man with tentacles, living in a motor - vehicle wjn wear" likn a sort of mental octopus and as unr willing to leave his shell as the! average A .. . u 1 - 11' . t r r pcrsuii muay wuuiu oe unwilling lo Disrobe in the presence ot a woman! London, Paris and New York City have just been galvanized by Mr. j Heard's H. M. Bate - man, English Cartoonist, "Spoofs" the Wide - Pants Willies of ' ondon. Car as a "Traveling Shell" latest book, "Narcissus an Anatomy of Clothes," which makes definite, but; almost incredible, statements as to the sudden veer which fashion is about to take away from the conventional. While the rationale of the volume is abstruse and qualified with many side issues, of interest chiefly to the sociological student, tho main premise is rather clearcut and Simple, in bis chapter i on "A Metaphysic of Mode," Heaivl lays bare the situation at a stroke. Commenting upon the Sudden shifting of "what the well Artist Biedermann's Drawing of Two Swagger Metropolites Meeting Above "the Avenue" in 1975, When, Science Predicts, Wings, Fuselages and Individual Engines Will Take the Placa of Clothes. Vv - "fn:f - Is1 . , - - , lV'lWl : k ' "! " ll ill 1 fW&i i Pl The Woolworlh V Tower, N. Y. City,' Conforming Weirdly in Detail to the Sartorial Scheme of the Drawing at Left. ill; "nP ; yu " " l - pil"! 1 ''!,, i ' t: 1 I y I t 'Mill . . . I . ... ... , r. t - v v f ' I . i I . Creation by Sonia, Fa - o u s U a siltner, at the Bal des Pages, Faris. from generation to generation, he has this to Bay: S . "In today'! fashiont then, we can (( fiett the gurvtvai of an elder diiptnsation and experience in miniature what it feel lite, to be present at the patslng of an epoch. While we watch we nee enacted in little a mlcrocotm of tailors' clippings a clash of pins and needles, the KObir transformation which, when Religion passed through it, from clash of swords and smoke of burning gave rise to the epics of But the "architec tural attire" of the morrow is not con - lined to Mr. Heard speculations even to the conscious exaggerations lasnion snows, piavate fetes an maddest of the foreim revues. always to the fore In such matters already submitted the sky - scraper wnue from Berlin and Vienna d reports of even more fanciful garb in the maxing. in this connection, returning to Mr. gospel and martyrdom and, in the turn of Heard, it is interesting to hear what he art and science, precipitated every crea. av ahnnt. tH t nrlfneiis tn miulnrn tire wonder and inspiring discovert. To we want to understand why good'men per - seevted someone who was only in depend, ently rqilonalt Magnify to the hiroio scale the gentlemanly feelings outraged by a solitary guest at some royally - patronized house, party appearing at dinner in pajamas." .. Strained? Improbable? Grotesque? Not at. all, reply the adherents of Mr. Heard's sartorial philosophy. They point, in reouuai or these charges,. to certain says about the tendencies in modern dress. According to him, there are two courses open to mankind in the matter of raiment One is a constant reciprocation, with , "a lighter, stronger ' architecture" Inv "posing cleaner, closer, more convenient clothinar." Color will come back onto building surfaces and man a dress will begin to flush in reflection. "On the other hand, if there is complete projection. Architecture nay take the place of clothing, and some outer art, more subtle, but striking, resemblances already austere, less intimate, may take the place apparent between architectural feats of the present day and "tailored effects." A striking illustration of this point is made Dy comparing the Bateman cartoon printed on this page with the photograph of the, Woolworth Tower, New York City. ' Careful scrutiny of the ' two reveals peculiar similarities. The first twenty - five stsries of the building exactly approximate the height of the trousers worn by "Wide Pants Willie." The next fifteen floors parallel the man's jacket.. The resemblance between the individual's neck and head and the tower Itself Is obvious. . ', of architecture Will not orcMtfe - tture become all that vlothing has beent The main fabric will be given by a skeletal structure sustaining a circulatory system that already begins to imitate the elaboration of the body's." Mr. Heard makes interesting conjectures as to the possible complete disappearance of fabrics and other woven materials as vestments for human beings. His hypothesis is that they must ultimately disappear! The radiation of life, he thinks, will have become so strong that the veil nearest to it will be consumed. "On the analogy of physical evolution. im : mm or. YA ! iv,. 1 of WWW' ' .NffL 1 d the tVt x ' Mi . a Pari. s"3lV, U UZF . 7 .ha;. .rv - nth, - 1 hat, ' 1 'YAU llfr i rift in U ft 31 7 hm'Y Paris Forecast ef Nest Year's "Sky . scraper - Chapeau" a S - Foot Bonhet, Which, Psychologist Heard Opines, Will Soon Be as Common. as the Cloche. "Hygiene, if it could have things all its own way, would no doubt strip us naked." ( He gazes into the future, seeing that i'for people unshod the floors must be smooth, soft, unchilling, perhaps of some substance like rubber, in which resistance - coils keep a gentle and constant warmth. . . . For centuries, men and women delicately shod had to carry their wood paving with them and go tutteriug in pattens over the quaggy roads. Now, with what would have seemed to them a fabulous effort, - we have spread it over square miles. So, too, with the wayfarer's lantern; and bo the umbrella, in glass - covered streets, will seem as archaic' He considers the bracing which har come tp be a part of costume the cor. set, belt, suspenders. But even these "imlispensables" give way to the most fascinating conjecture of the entire becomes bleached, re - book; the positipn which the motor car laxed and tender, will play. HviU motors aet the style ot How "the Thin Man of the Morrow" Will Look When His Garb Conforms to the Architecture of tho Period: Baron d'Ussel Wearing a growing slighter. . . . As to protection, we have , no doubt overrated this necessity. We wear far less than the medieval gentleman generally had on, buttoned to the ears' and palms, but we do not need half our wardrobe. Much indeed may he positively harmful,' pre - venting the pigmentation' of the skin, which seems the best protection t h,a t man can present to tho elements. Any covered portion dress?" he rucries, With the chauf feur already "centaurwise, half - groom, half yachtsman," Mr. Heard thinks it likely that he is a "temporary blend, and artificial, at that" But the automobile itself? That will be a different story. Even, in the archaic stage of motor design, h points out, there were two authentic indications that this was a real architecture. Color was at orfce recovered. The carriage and its relation, the cab, went black in the dark hour of industrialism. Motor bodies at once resumed the brave paint put on to match the clothes within. "Hut," continues the scientist, "if Hi ing beside a car has already had such an effect, how much greater moii!co fion may be expected when the asso - (jMion beconus more intimate and 'vn is selilom risible outside the machine, when it is his clothing. If, like a jnail possessed, we learn to car, ry a rushing house evirywhere wth us, it tcill be our costume apd habit. , . , The hermit crab abandons hit own plate armor ,when he flnds a better shield in someone else's shell. M'e shall make a great leap forward when we have fully evolved machinery and .motors by living in them. . Indeed, what then is to prevent us from fulfilling Mr. HVIU' stupend. they (clothes) may hang on, but ever Copjrirht. 1925. t)J tntamtUonil Festuts Bcnlc lno. Qtut BtlUln Biiblt Iwml .. - om prophecy and becoming like the il3tians only tentaclcd broinst This is not to swy that we should become inhuman and horrible. Xice Deonle of that day, it is certain, would be as disgusted at the man outside his machine ts a Victorian lady at such a vision on the bach, or a normal man at sight of the brain through the decent, familiar Aairond skin that corer it." The spectaclo thus imaginatively conjured un by Mr. Heard presents to th average human being a strange and almost terrifying sight. One close one's eyes and sees flitting about the spiles and towers, the docks and railroad terminals of New York City pretty girls with motor - propelled limbs, and young men who tip their hats by means of electric currents. Thus is Mr. Heard's "stupendous prophecy" climaxed with a vision of a world inhabited by ''intellectual oo - topl," and meanwhile on the threshhold of the new year, if he can be credited, the skyscraper hat and 'hg smokestack skirt point the wayj . , ON rpina' trom tana points park. Ave and other' Mon - Yellowatone - - - - - . ' ' rwvtuiy - wi0iita oirusoay - m' die uxue Kansas Partly overcast Tuesday, cottage on Vendee coast today, 'probably becoming somewhat un - Th Tiger I busy writing a work settled Wednesday: colder Wedne - on philosophy, dealing with th participating end oa toaay wnen a letter from the Buffalo ohlef ot police asked for her detention In connection with a 125.000 Jewelry oi au " avpeat 'ovnu. ' 1osmijjSAPY - tn i rtn m s m a t un uooa ft ej - s.ddejr snsiysis Is tv oe mace ot oiia ot metal and vowder, In the - hope that this will give definite Information as to th cerlod In wM"h te rn took oft but on a train. They took their damaged machine to Lincoln, Neb for repairs and. later ured. . Ills condition, l the present t la much Improved, the a'.i physician said yemerduy. . -

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