Gloucester: Sawyer Free Library


The lost art of dress : the women who once made America stylish / Linda Przybyszewski.


  • ISBN: 9780465036714 (hbk.)
  • ISBN: 0465036716 (hbk.)
  • Description: xv, 347 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]

Available copies

Current holds

11 current holds with 5 total copies.

Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Gloucester Adult New Books New 746.92/Przybyszewski (Text to phone) Checked out 07/24/2014
Lynnfield Adult Nonfiction TT 507 .P79 2014 (Text to phone) In transit -
Melrose On Order On Order 155936 (Text to phone) On order -
Salem Adult Non-Fiction 746.92/PRZYBYSZEWSKI (Text to phone) Checked out 08/07/2014
Swampscott Lower Level 746.92 P (Text to phone) Checked out 08/04/2014

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Note: Introducing the Dress Doctors -- Art: principles for beauty -- Occasions: the duty and pleasure of dress -- Thrift: much for little -- Revolt: the fall of the Dress Doctors -- Aftermath: tyrannies of age and size.
Summary: "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.