Lilly Daché in Pants, 1945

Photo by Eileen Darby. Life, September 10, 1945

By the end of World War Two, French Born Lilly Daché had cemented her reputation as one of the premier milliners in the United States.  As she prepared to visit France just after peace had been declared, Life magazine published a photo-rich story on her work and her clothes.  She was clearly of the “kitchen sink” philosophy when it came to traveling, including ten hats and several jeweled veils for her trip.  By the time she was finished, she had exceeded the airline luggage allowance by 74 pounds and had to pay about $2700 in today’s prices for the privilege.

In order to be ready for any occasion, Daché also packed a pair of pants.  One of the Life photos shows her at a fitting, apparently on the same day as her departure.  The caption reads: “She has slacks fitted, for wear while bicycling in Paris.  She was surprised that she looked so trim. Tailor said he could not finish them in time, but she persuaded him.” (129)

About forty seven in the photo above, Daché was an advocate of elegant and “appropriate” dressing.  It is an indication of just how acceptable pants had become for leisure wear that she had embraced the trend.  But who wouldn’t try it out if one had a personal tailor to help with the fit?

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2 Responses to Lilly Daché in Pants, 1945

  1. Lizzie says:

    I was thinking the same as you regarding the personal tailor! I guess you and I are our own personal tailors.

  2. Bob Moeller says:

    And how about what the seamstress is wearing?

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