Mussolini has been defied and is helpless. The Dictator ordered the flappers to wear longer frocks-they were to hide their knock-knees. They-refused point blank, and told him they would do as they pleased.

So Fascism cannot defeat Fashion.

Even the Pope is impotent against the Cutty Sark. He appealed to Italian women in fatherly words to adopt more modesty in their scanty
gowns. They said-“Very sorry. Your Holiness, we must follow the fashions. But aren’t you a wee bit old fashioned?”

Verily the costumière is the real despot of the feminine world.

1928 ‘Topical Titbits Defiant Flappers.’, Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 - 1954), 3 June, p. 6 Section: First Section, viewed 6 September, 2013,