Praise for THE LOST ART OF DRESS by Linda Przybyszewski



Don’t miss an intimate lecture and book signing with Linda Przybyszewski, author of The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish (Basic Books; May 1, 2014), at the American Textile History Museum at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 27.

 “This entertaining read is funny, opinionated, and full of useful wisdom—much like the dress doctors themselves.”   —Library Journal

“Illuminating commentary… Przybyszewski’s fashion history shines a much-needed spotlight on a contingent of forgotten professionals and the role they played in dressing American women with style.” —Kirkus Reviews

The Lost Art of Dress by Linda Przybyszewski is a fascinating history about the ‘Dress Doctors’—teachers, writers, retailers, and designers—who advised women how to dress appropriately. Her extensive research provides a wide range of information about changing trends throughout the twentieth century. Entertaining and informative, this book is essential reading for all fashion history students as well as everyone interested in fashion.”  —Claire Shaeffer, author of Couture Sewing Techniques

“An invaluable resource of inspiration. The Lost Art of Dress calls us to resurrect our stylish roots and bring tasteful beauty back to our everyday routine.”  —Jennifer L. Scott, author of Lessons from Madame Chic

“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.”

—Lois Banner, Professor Emerita, Dept. of History and Gender Studies Program, University of Southern California, author of Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox

“This is an important work. In The Lost Art of Dress, dressmaker and historian Linda Przybyszewski skillfully delineates the rise of the Dress Doctors in the early twentieth century to their demise in the turbulent sixties. Przybyszewski excavated the lost texts of home economists and others who taught the art and science of dress through the application of five principles of art. Although Przybyszewski laments the decline of the teachings of the Dress Doctors during the 1960s, she sees their legacy in the recent rise of the craft of dressmaking and is encouraged by a renewed of interest of Americans in the art of dressing well and with good taste.”

—Patricia Cunningham, Associate Professor Emerita of Fashion and Retail Studies, Ohio State University

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