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All Dolled Up
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The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Washington, D.C.
Author: Hyde, Nina
Date: Aug 16, 1987
Start Page: g.03
Section: STYLE

They've already done paper cutout collections of fashion designs of the 1920s, 1930s and 1950s, so it is no surprise that the latest entry from Dover Publications is "Great Fashion Designs of the Forties." The clothes choices are good ones, particularly for those who remember their mothers or grandmothers wearing Maurice Rentner or Patullo-Jo Copeland suits, Molyneux, Balenciaga and Traina-Norell costumes or evening dresses by Adrian or Hattie Carnegie-or if you wore them yourself. Part of the charm is that the hair, the hats, the gloves and shoes are all appropriate, and even the paper doll is wearing the boned corset and brassiere of the day.

No one will doubt the origins of Bill Kaiserman, the American-born designer now working and living in Milan, after seeing his new collection. For next spring, Kaiserman has used the U.S. presidential seal on jackets and shirts with Kaiserman's name integrated into the design. The designer checked with his attorney and with customs and was told there was nothing illegal about using the seal. "It is the most beautiful seal that exists," says Kaiserman, "And since I am an American I wanted to relate (my clothes) to my background."

PHOTO;PHOTO-MUG CAPTION:[Louis Dell'Olio] CAPTION:[Susan Lucci] CAPTION:Left, a doll in a 1943 day ensemble from Adrian;top, 1947's New Look from Dior. CAPTION:Left, the short skirt and coat for Anne Klein II, available in petites. CAPTION:From top, [Raisa Gorbachev]; Kaiserman's seal in close-up and on his jacket.

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