The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish

The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish

Linda Przybyszewski


As a look down any highway in the US quick unearths, American ladies have forgotten the right way to costume. We chase fads, decide upon beside the point fabrics and unattractive cuts, and waste power tottering in heels after we may be relocating gracefully. with no trouble, we lack the style information we have to costume professionally and flatteringly.

As historian and professional designer Linda Przybyszewski unearths in The misplaced artwork of Dress, it wasn’t continually like this. within the first 1/2 the 20th century, a impressive workforce of women—the so-called costume Doctors—taught American ladies easy methods to stretch each one backyard of material and get dressed good on the cheap. wisdom no longer funds, they insisted, is the most important to undying style. established in domestic Economics departments around the nation, the costume medical professionals provided recommendation on radio indicates, at women’s golf equipment, and in magazines. hundreds of thousands of younger women learn their books in class and at 4-H garments golf equipment. As Przybyszewski exhibits, the gown medical professionals’ issues weren’t simply superficial: they prized practicality, and empowered girls to layout and make garments for either the place of work and the house. They championed skirts that might permit ladies to maneuver approximately freely and campaigned opposed to impractical and painful sneakers. Armed with the gown medical professionals’ easy layout principles—harmony, share, stability, rhythm, emphasis—modern American ladies from all sessions may learn how to costume for all events in a fashion that made them convinced, engaged contributors of society.

A pleasing and beautifully-illustrated examine the area of the costume medical professionals, The misplaced artwork of Dress introduces a brand new viewers to their undying principles of favor and beauty—rules which, with a bit support, we will be able to definitely research again.

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