Friday, June 12, 2009

The Independent

ABOUT OUR COVER... The romance of evening black, absolutely elegant from attending the premiere benefit performance of the "Medea" May 17th, sponsored by the Performing Arts Foundation. Left, flounces of fluted silk chiffon create a whimsical aura at 170.00. Right, tri-dimensional designs dot airy marquisette over a muted nude background, 140.00. French Room, third [floor] Downtown and Plaza.

This is from the May 11, 1968 issue of The Independent, Kansas City's Weekly Journal of Society. The publication was established in 1899. The Parisian / Harzfeld's was an early advertiser and the relationship continued through 1984 when the chain of stores closed. There were numerous covers that were done in partnership, some of which promoted local events.

We had the honor of meeting with Heather Paxton who gave generously of her time to allow us to search through The Independent's archives. Heather is very knowledgable about Kansas City history and was able to locate some helpful gems of information. It was great fun to search through the ads in the bound volumes.

Image courtesy of The Independent.
Cover illustration by Patricia George.

1 comment:

  1. I remember dresses like those -- and on my $100 a week salary I could hardly afford $140/$170 party clothes -- but I could dream -- and buy sale things at Harzfelds.


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