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March 1894

"The Early Spring Gowns"

According to the edict sent forth by the makers of fashion the most fashionable spring gown will be one of black silk, combined with either velvet or brocade. This heavy, glistening fabric has not been so popular for many years as at present, and its lack of softness in framing is obviated by the care with which a contrasting material is put upon it.

Everybody is at some time patriotic, and this is my time. I am standing up for my country from a purely feminine standpoint; that is to say, I am advocating the fabrics made in this country, and especially the black silks. Those shown this season cannot be distinguished from the French ones. I know this is true, because I have seen expert buyers attempt to discover which was which and fail.

The world is much given to talking about the influence of women, and I think that the best way for her to show her influence, and help make better times, is to buy materials made in America, the making of which employs those who are willing to work. Let American women patronize American goods of all sorts, and times will not be so hard.

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 A Spring Costume

 Some of the Changes

 A Silk Gown for Spring

 The Fashionable Wools

                                                       About the Suitings

Bibliographical Information:

Mallon, Isabel A. "The Early Spring Gowns",
The Ladies' Home Journal, Vol. XI, No. 4, March 1894, p. 25.

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