New York, January 1914. One would hardly think it possible that, to choose a design, from the Maisons des Mesdames, Paquin, Chéruit, Agnes, or Callot, they would suggest going to the motion pictures, and you would express amazement at the idea if it were suggested to you, yet it is a fact that to-day such is the case. Even writers and some of our American dressmakers are following up this idea, since Paul Poiret gave his
exhibition of models in pictures.
During an exhibition recently of a Parisian Eclair photoplay entitled ”The Green God,” or “The Flower Girl of Montmartre,” which I had the pleasure of viewing, I was thoroughly astounded at the beauty of the French creations displayed in the production, and worn by the renowned star, Mlle. Josette Andriot. The costumes were perfect dreams, and, indeed, my thoughts were so carried away with the idea of being able to enjoy such a treat that the production itself seemed grander and more gorgeous than ever.
One would almost forget the photoplay trying to solve the mysterious secret of these beautiful models, and many a paper and pencil were to be noticed among the audience jotting down the various ideas and suggestions that appealed to them — and they
were many. The next time I go I shall positively be sure to have my little notebook and pencil with me, for it is impossible to remember all the little points of interest which present themselves, so helpful in new ideas as to what Paris is wearing.
The Eclair Film Company, a thoroughly French concern, that made this particular picture, is situated in the heart of Paris. Therefore much is to be expected from them in this respect.
Mlle. Josette Andriot, a dashing brunette, tall and stately, who is their leading actress, knows the fundamentals of smart dressing, and she expresses herself distinctly in three foremost qualities — individuality, personality, and self.
One particular gown worn by this beautiful actress in the production referred to I will describe, in order that you may realize my enthusiasm and join in it. Although extremely simple it was most charming and wellstyled, and, it goes without saying, distinctly French. A soft silver drapery suspended a silver banding, and giving the effect of an overwrap, was a novel feature of this costume. The skirt was of white satin draped high in the front, beneath a wide crossoxer girdle of the same material, and fell in graceful folds, forming a short pointed train. A single flower of velvet dropped from the waist-line. The decoration for her head-dress was a gorgeous bird of paradise.
All the brilliancy, yet glowing softness, of this toilette, was in charming contrast with a costume of dark velvet trimmed with ermine worn by a beautiful blonde in the same scene.
To appreciate beauty in its true form visit one of these delicious French productions, and gather the fruits of their beautiful ideas regarding “smart dressing.” You don’t have to go to Paris now for the advanced styles. They are brought right here to your own doorstep, saving you unlimited expense, time, anxiety, and a long journey.
Don’t throw away your opportunity. Easter is coming, and you know you want that one particular gown to be par excellence, so keep your eyes wide open and don’t miss the joy outstretched to you by the motion pictures. Should you feel doubtful, why not let your dressmaker, or seamstress, or modiste know, or take her with you next time when you see one of these beautiful creations, point it out, and tell her it is just what you want, and if she is a clever woman you will have that very gown yourself.
Agnes Egan Cobb
(Motion Picture News)