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Example of the different clothing styles used by the various hostesses from around the world at Expo 67

Best-dressed girls are Expo attraction

by Karen Moser, Canadian Press staff writer

Montreal - Some of the best-dressed gals in the world can be found right at Expo 67 where hundreds of hostesses in the many pavilions have been clothed by their country's leading designers.

Often colors have been coordinated with those of the pavilions and designs incorporated international fashion trends. These designs include anything from short jumpsuits to long hostess pyjamas.

At Africa Place and the pavilions of Ceylon, Korea, Thailand and Tunisia all hostesses wear their country's national costume.

At the Canadian pavilion, Michel Robichaud has designed an outfit consisting of a slightly-fitted jacket over a sleeveless empire-line dress. The ensemble, in coffee brown and aqua blue is worn with light brown leather shoes and handbag.

France's Jean Louis Scherbrer has garbed the French pavilion hostesses in silver lame ensembles complimented with upturned hats and matching handbags.

Mexican hostesses have a total of six different outfits for various occasions. Designed by Pedro Loredo, the outfits feature the Mexican-style dress with an Indian motif.

Hostesses at the Greek pavilion wear blue jackets and light blue skirts, the colors of their national flag. The pillbox hat which completes the outfit is also national style.

Israeli hostesses seem a trifle conservative in their costumes which strongly resemble the dark blue and golf uniform of El-Al Airlines.

The Jamaicans spread sunshine everywhere as 16 smiling hostesses dressed in orange flared skirts with white-laced frills create a happy mood. Sleeves are elbow-length and gaily garnished with frills. An orange and pink stripped bodice and pink scarf complete the costume.

Germany show a soft look as its pavilion hostesses sport grey suits high-lighted by flaming orange hats, gloves and blouses. Grey boots add a smart military effect.

The 50 United States hostesses have had their outfits designed by the renowned Bill Blass.

A modified A-line in a white twilled knit, the costume has navy piping at the collar, sleeves, hem and slit pockets.

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