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 Hi Janet, I am wearing a vintage gown with a train to an annual awards banquet for my company. The train is a seperate piece of fabric permenantly attached at the lowest part of the back. The material matches the black fabric of the dress on top, and the underside is salmon pink. Someone told me that I should wear the train over my arm? Could you tell me what to do with the train 1. When walking 2. When sitting 3. When receiving awards 4. If dancing. Thanks!


  I love gowns with trains! The trains look so graceful when trailing behind you while you're walking. I asked style-expert Ellen Christine of Ellen Christine Eclectic for a few tips for a first-time wearer, here are some of her suggestions: While sitting, gently swirl the train over to the side,and not under your bum, to avoid wrinkling the fabric (to insure that while receiving the award, and the train is trailing gracefully behind you, it's not a mass of crushed fabric!) Trained gowns should have a finger loop hidden in the drape of the fabric. If you can't find a loop of fabric anywhere, have your dressmaker make one, so that while you're dancing you can hook it over your finger, rather that tossing it over your forearm. Most importantly, practice your moves... while walking in heels, stop, turn slightly, and gracefully put one foot around, to move the train to the rear. Practice while watching Hollywood's finest maneuver their elegant gowns on the red-carpet during the annual Oscars and Golden Globes Awards shows.

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1/15/2007 11:10:41 AM


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Janet Pytowski Janet Pytowski is a freelance fashion and beauty writer. She is the President of VIDCAT Productions, a company specializing in runway and archival fashion footage. Her company produced the documentary "Fashion Flashbacks!" that highlights fashion newsreels from the 1950s-1960s. Janet is a Press member of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and a Co-Founder of FASHIONDIG.

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