Splashes of color for Brownie Scouts


After 66 blah years of brown, Brownie Girl Scouts are changing their colors. The new uniforms will incorporate pastel T-shirts, blue chambray shirts and floral-topped jumpers. The Scouts did not have their colors done; they polled 6- to 8-year-old Brownies and their parents. Brown was obviously low on the poll.

"The idea was to come up with clothes with a contemporary look to make the girls feel more positive," says Terri Charles, communications manager for Girl Scouts of Central Maryland.

Styles have changed, too, and girls now have a choice of culottes, flounced skirts and a variety of shorts designed to become part of an everyday wardrobe that will pass the peer-group test when they are worn during non-Girl Scout activities.

Prices aren't firm yet, says Ms. Charles, but the floral jumper will sell for about $21. Uniforms are not required, but there are grant programs for girls in financial need.

The uniforms will be available at the Girl Scouts office/store at 730 W. 40th St. in Baltimore later this month, or through the J. C. Penney fall catalog.

* Now that spring's in bloom, some fancies turn to fashion or baseball. Portfolio International Inc. has combined those interests, in a loose sort of way, in a 1993 Swimsuit Issue trading cards series featuring "19 of the world's most beautiful fashion models," with tennis champ Steffi Graf as a guest celebrity. "Super Model Kelly Emberg," of Sports Illustrated swimsuit fame, is considered most collectible for her finely developed fashion sense and Ms. Graf for her good sportsmanship. True to trading-card tradition, there are stats, including names of swimsuit labels. We're not quite sure how model cards are traded, the modeling world not being known for team spirit. Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?

* Need a little lift into spring? Catch Theatre de la Mode at the Baltimore Museum of Art before it closes April 25. The exhibit of French fashion miniatures will act as quickly as a glass of bubbly.

More than a 100 miniature mannequins dressed by legendary couturiers such as Balmain, Worth, Schiaparelli and Nina Ricci, are dressed in the Paris spring collections of 1945. There are day dresses, dinner suits, resort clothes and ball gowns, all accessorized to a perfect finish. Women believed in dressing in those days, especially the Parisians, who refused to let a war dampen their sense of chic.

See the show, linger in the cafe and stroll the gardens. Take your mother, or your beau, for a nostalgic look at fashion as it once was. You may even be inspired to shop for a hat -- always a good spring tonic.

Call (410) 396-6310 for information.

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