Montreal Standard, 15 March 1919


Dancing and Dancing Dresses

Because of its very direct bearing on that particular brand of the sartorial world pertaining to evening dress, it is impossible to ignore the varied opinions on the dancing craze that has set in everywhere.  There are some – almost that goes without saying – who are inclined to be severe on the obsession; others passing it over as merely transient social craze; while a third, and by far the larger number are putting forth strong arguments in favour of the modern dances. However the many discussions which dancing has aroused provides the most significant indication of the hold it has got on the social world. The modern girl, together with the modern young man, has a life today filled to the brim with varied interests, of which dancing is merely one of the many cogs in the wheel, and frankly accepted as such, it is difficult to find any sound ground for adverse criticism.


The one and only fly in the ointment, of course, is the arranging of a sufficiently varied evening wardrobe.  For the social world, is really not larger and the same people meet over and over again, and with all the will and desire to be sensible and consistent no girl cares to be seen over and over again presenting precisely the same appearance. And this is just where the clever and resourceful triumph over those incapable of evolving variety.  The idea of a separate underslip has been much developed recently.  The latest thought is one of white or black net embroidered to a considerable depth with a lace design in gold metal thread. Above the waist, only the lace is used, and over the whole there can be worn different dresses of tulle, or Georgette, or even brocade or soft satin.  For it is quite an accepted and charming decree to wear a filmy petticoat effect under tunic draperies of opaque material. A perfectly beautiful creation seen recently was of vellum-toned satin brocaded with a raised design in white, the skirt looped up at the one side and revealing a lining of tangerine satin and at the same time displaying a petticoat of gold lace.


Supremely attractive also are dance dresses almost entirely composed of metal lace, the skirt usually suggesting a deep flounce effect, the lowest flounce considerably narrower than those above.  That we are in for flounces, there is more than one indication.  Designers are kept busy endeavouring to create change and variety in evening gowns, and the very fastidious are obviously veering away from the straight sash type of corsage, while quite a number are frankly weary of the elongated sheath mode; although with the lovely beaded fabrics procurable it is a vogue that should not be permitted to pass lightly.  It is especially effective in moonlight sequin net allied with black charmeuse; also in opalescent sequins supplemented with white tulle.


There is wonderful variety to be found in the evening slippers seen this season.  Every phase of history apparently has contributed inspiration, from the Greek sandal upwards. A sandal effect is today obtained by using two materials and a multiplicity of instep straps, another charming evening shoe being composed of black velvet with vamp of brocade. A pair of gold and black striped shoes are adorned with a dainty butterfly, a delicate golden thing worked with emeralds and topaz. On another pair of silver and black brocade shoes there is a new plaque ornament in sealing wax red, set within a rim of dull silver and surmounted by a little fan-like frill of black tulle. There is no more welcome gift just now than a pair of rare and chaste shoe buckles, and a host of opportunities occur for spending money on the fancy.  Many recent brides have been the recipients of at least one pair of beautiful shoe buckles.