The Lost Art of Dress

The Lost Art of Dress

The Women Who Once Made America Stylish

Book - 2016
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"A tribute to a time when style--and maybe even life--felt more straightforward, and however arbitrary, there were definitive answers." --Sadie Stein, Paris Review
As a glance down any street in America quickly reveals, American women have forgotten how to dress. We lack the fashion know-how we need to dress professionally and beautifully. In The Lost Art of Dress , historian and dressmaker Linda Przybyszewski reveals that this wasn't always true.
In the first half of the twentieth century, a remarkable group of women--the so-called Dress Doctors--taught American women that knowledge, not money, was key to a beautiful wardrobe. They empowered women to design, make, and choose clothing for both the workplace and the home. Armed with the Dress Doctors' simple design principles--harmony, proportion, balance, rhythm, emphasis--modern American women from all classes learned to dress for all occasions in ways that made them confident, engaged members of society.
A captivating and beautifully illustrated look at the world of the Dress Doctors, The Lost Art of Dress introduces a new audience to their timeless rules of fashion and beauty--rules which, with a little help, we can certainly learn again.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2014.
ISBN: 9780465066865
Characteristics: xv, 347 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations (some colour) ;,21 cm.


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Jan 20, 2020

Not an easy read, but a very informative and interesting read. Reading it has rekindled a desire to sew clothing for myself.

Aug 14, 2014

I enjoyed reading this very opinionated author and couldn't agree with her more!

Jul 09, 2014

I loved this book! It was a fascinating and well researched cultural history that illuminated the ways in which fashion both reflects and influences American culture. I enjoyed the fact that the author's opinions were apparent throughout the book, as it resulted in a more pleasurable and intimate read. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in women's issues, fashion, or cultural history.

SMBE Jul 04, 2014

What could have been an interesting read Linda ruins by her pseudo-academic writing style.

ErnieK said it all with the comment "great history buried alive"

Linda is a poor writer and overuses her term "dress doctors". Unfortunately I could not finish the book.

Jun 16, 2014

very interesting read on the rise and fall of fashionable dressing within the US.

May 20, 2014

This is a very frustrating book. Professor Pski (as she named herself on her website) has done a amazing job researching the entire life cycle of the Home Economics movement in the USA, and she has told this story drenched in her own 21st century opinions. It is more of a diatribe than a history, and even though I agree with her points, I find her methods reprehensible. The "Dress Doctors" is the author's term, used to reduce individual efforts to a made-up brand name, and is endlessly repeated like a tuneless drum. Great history buried alive. Shame! Shame on you!

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