In the fashion world 1963 was the year Cleopatra died. Laid to rest with her were the cinched waist, the too-rounded hips, and the harsh painted eyes, lips, and complexion. It was a year marked by a return to softness and naturalness, a year in which traditional seasonal taboos were ignored and a number of colors, fabrics, and patterns were acclaimed as year-round staples. The fashion direction was dictated more by time of day than by temperature or locale. U.S. Independence. It was also a year in which Paris was forced to recognize the growing stature and independence of the U.S. fashion industry. Spending by U.S. stores and manufacturers in Paris reached an all-time low in 1963, with European and Japanese professionals accounting for the bulk of the buying. Although Paris remained the focus for haute couture, the United States excelled in ready-to-wear clothes with the couture look.
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