Book of the Month!
This month we’re reading, The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish!
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Why did Americans dress so well, and why don’t they anymore?
“A witty look at well-dressed women …”
“If you’re interested in the history of fashion in America, or have just always wondered why Americans don’t dress well anymore—and what that means—read The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish…. The Lost Art of Dress is an engaging and fascinating history of the evolution of fashion and America’s approach to clothing itself
Karen Karbo, author of The Gospel According to Coco Chanel
“Linda Przybyszewski’s remarkable, enchanting, well-researched history of America at its most stylish reminds us that once upon a time we were classy and fabulous. After readingThe Lost Art of Dress, you’ll think twice before running to the store in sweat pants.”
Lois Banner, Professor Emerita, Dept. of History and Gender Studies Program, University of Southern California, author of Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox
“Linda Przybyszewski takes her readers on an imaginative journey through a largely forgotten universe of women writers in the twentieth century who wrote about the art of dressing well. The book is sprightly and well-written, and it suggests new directions for research in the history of fashion and of women. Przybyszewski offers useful critiques of the restrictive clothing of the nineteenth century, the sloppy clothing of the 1960s, the periodic infantilizing of women through dress design, and the increasing commoditization of products and pleasures. She mourns the loss of the elegance of the 1930s, when women looked both liberated and chic.”
Here are the first two questions we’ve started to discuss:
Q1. Have you ever kept track of how many times you wore something and realized either that it was a great bargain or a terrible waste of money?
Q2. Did you take a Home Economics course in school? What did you learn? Do you think it helped you? What do you wish you HAD learned?