The Lost Art of Dress

The Lost Art of Dress

The Women Who Once Made America Stylish

Book - 2014
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"The Lost Art of Dress explores how, in the first half of the 20th century, a remarkable group of women, whom Przybyszewski calls the Dress Doctors, taught Americans how to dress well and spearheaded a nationwide movement toward beautiful, economical, and egalitarian fashion. By the 1960s, however, the reign of the Dress Doctors was coming to an end. During the 70's and 80's, the rejection of the Dress Doctors went even further, as feminist groups targeted Home Economics classes in schools as examples of society's pervasive sexism"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780465036714
Branch Call Number: 746.92 Prz
Characteristics: xv, 347 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 25 cm

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Perspots
Aug 14, 2014

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

chulsey 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.

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gwblonde
Jun 16, 2014

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

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ErnieK
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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