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A Matter of Money

DEMANDED BY FASHION.I

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DEMANDED BY FASHION. I The remarkable extravagance of many society ladies in the matter of dress has created a completely new calling, in which many women are making large profits in L-on- don to-day. The dress agent, as she calls herself, spends a great deal of her time in steamers and railway trains. In order to justify her calling, and make it a success, she has to set to work to solve the difficult ques- tion women cf moderate means, in despair, lIave asked time and again: How am I to dress well, and as the other women of my set dre;B, without straining my husband's re- sources, or running into debt by pledging his credit for what I can never pay? It is in order to buy dresses, coats, milli- nery, lingerie, and furs that madame' the dress ag3 it hurries to the European haunts of fashion and btck aiain to London in such j haste, and it is her' spoil that she sells, very cheaply, and yet wi+Tr1 ahpndsome profit, to her eager customers'. She haunts "he i rooms of foreign drossihakers, from whom she purchases misfits and model robes for which they have no further use. They have copied the" mrdel robes, for wlr'eh they paid, in the first instance, in p.11 likelihood hun- dreds of pourds, over and over again, and vr-gue is over. But though no longer fint;"fvhig to the 11 in Pal-is and Vienna, the dresses will be quite snffi- • ciently up to date for the wife of the slender- pursed professional man in London, or the actress who iff working her way up th" ladder of n(T is not provided with frocks by the management.

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