To the editor of the woman’s page…

The Evening Ledger of 27 October 1917 printed something for the fashion conscious:

Dear Madam — Will you kindly publish in your paper as soon as possible the answer to the following questions.

1. How can the costume of a Hawaiian dancer be made inexpensively?

2. How should the hair be arranged with this dress?

3. Could I carry my ukulele with such a costume to a masquerade party?

And the answers were —

1. The skirt of the Hawaiian costume must be made to resemble streamers of grass or straw. To carry out this idea inexpensively you might use green or straw coloured cambric or cheesecloth cut into hundreds of narrow strips [Ed., straw is so expensive], which hang from the waist and form a skirt attached to the girdle. A pair of bloomers will have to be worn under the skirt. The waist is just a simple bodice and is mostly made without sleeves and with just straps over the shoulders, something in the style of the camisole [?]. Make this the shade of the skirt. Finish off the costume with a sash and with long yellow paper wreaths, which can be brought in any costume store.

2. The hair is worn hanging, the looser the better. It is decorated with lai, or Hawaiian garlands.

3. It will be very appropriate for you to carry your ukulele to the party and to play occasionally to keep things lively.

I wonder how many people turned up in this get up, and how lively things got — all those ukuleles!

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