At a fashion show of fall college styles held about a fortnight ago at B. Altman & Co., New York, most startling among the novelties shown were the “pedal pushers,” in which Anne Scott appears on Life’s cover. These are made of red wool plaid, come to just below the knee and are one of many versions of the new long shorts which are being promoted to replace rolled-up slacks and dungarees for college wear. (Note to millennials: “dungarees” are the old name for blue jeans).
Aug. 28, 1944
Life’s cover story is about the new fashion craze: pedal pushers.
Life says: Preston Sturges is a man of vast and varied talents. He is the author of a Broadway stage hit, the inventor of a kissproof lipstick, a superlative cook, a multilinguist, the owner of a war production plant and probably the most exciting movie director to emerge in the past decade. (The Daily Mirror’s library recently acquired a copy of James Curtis’ “Between Flops: A Biography of Preston Sturges,” which we highly recommend. You can hunt down an old copy or get the Kindle version).
The Big Four powers begin peace talks. Meeting at Dumbarton Oaks are U.S. Undersecretary of State Edward R. Stettinius, Britain’s Sir Alexander Cadogan, China’s Wei Tao-ming and “an able but inexperienced young diplomat” from the Soviet Union named Andrei Gromyko.