NAIROBI NEWS DECEMBER, 1919: FASHIONS AND FAUX PAS
December marked the beginning of a large holiday season in 1919 Nairobi. Dances, balls, parties, plays and ultimately, race week were all gearing up. This meant that a lot of ladies were going to sport the latest in fashions. Apparently, according a news clipping in the December 6, 1919 edition of The Leader of British East Africa, some of these fashions were becoming a might daring.
The note appeared in a regular column titled “Pardonable Pars” written by someone who called himself “Pardonne Moi.” It began with a brief report on the “football dance” (soccer for the American readers) and how it provided a different sort of sport, “the customary pleasant little competition among our local ladies as to who could dress with the maximum of expense and the minimum of material.” The article went on to report that “a sweet young thing of uncertain number of summers, winters, and autumns . . . (was) indulging in an artistic effect to see how near the hem of her skirt could come to the V-shape in the neck of her blouse. She nearly succeeded in making the two ends meet.”
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