I just finished reading a book that‘s been on my list for a while now, The Lost Art of Dress by Linda Przybyszewski.
A fascinating work by Professor Przybyszewski, a historian of law, fashion and culture describes the past and the development of fashion, fads (which used to mean For A Day!) and dress codes.
What fascinated me was the decline of Home Economics as women‘s options in academia opened up, and how Pop Art, the feminist movement and the Youth Quake of the 60s and 70s shifted the focus of fashion designers and of society to youth as the ideal of Beauty.
I wonder what she’d think of the Kardashians’ influence on the modern body beauty ideal and athleisure…
Kudos as well to Prof Pski, for integrating African American Dress Doctors into her book. This led me to research African American Dress Doctors Charleszine Spears and Ella Mae Washington, who also penned a teaching text in 1949 called Color in Dress: for Dark-Skinned People. Luckily, I have come across a digital copy archived by the American National Museum of African American History and Culture.
My Pinterest board to accompany the book.
Art in Everyday Life by Harriet and Vetta Goldstein