'Big Bill at Your Grand Today.
'In spite of her recent bereavement, Irene Castle, the Pathe star, who comes to the Grand theatre today in her great screen success The First Law, remains the arbiter and leader of fashions in America. In a recent interview just before she sailed for France where she is now entertaining the soldiers near the front, Mrs. Castle said that American women will be the style leaders more by reason of their manner of wearing clothes than the expense of their garments.
'''the woman who wants to be well dressed, and this is the natural desire of every woman, must first of all learn to be honest with herself. She must see herself as she is, and not as she would like to be. If she is short and broad she mustn't imagine herself tall and thin, and vise versa. If she is angular and broad, she must not believe herself plump and rounded. And then, having seen herself honestly, as in a looking-glass, she should dress in a manner suitable to her own peculiar style.
'Take the French women, for instance. They do not hesitate to admit their faults in face and figure, and this grand study of themselves leads them to the adoption of those patterns, fabrics and adornments which lend distinction, individuality, and style to their appearance.
'Go into a Parisian restaurant. You will never see, as in America, women of very hight, weight, age and individuality all wearing clothes cut after the same design. American women are what one might call vogue crazy. They see a model, run across some particular style in a magazine worn by somebody or other, and are not happy until they get one like it. How much more sensible it would be to choose a style suitable to one's own self. Surely it is more comfortable and self-satisfying to be distinctive, individual, representative of yourself than to be merely one in a crowd, like a paper doll in a long row cut from one folded sheet. Regardless of patterns or fabric, the well-dressed woman is the woman whose gowns, suited to the occasion, best express herself.''
'In addition to the Irene Castle [photo]play the high class vaudeville attraction [includes] Three Harmony Maids, three charming young ladies with very pleasing voices [who] will entertain you with some real harmony. At your Grand today.'
(Moberly Evening Democrat, Moberly, Missouri, Friday, 24 January 1919, p. 2c)
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