Linda Przybyszewski: "The Lost Art of Dress"

Vogue ® V4625 Copyright © 1955 All rights reserved.   - Image courtesy of the McCall Pattern Company.

Vogue ® V4625 Copyright © 1955 All rights reserved.

Image courtesy of the McCall Pattern Company.

Linda Przybyszewski: "The Lost Art of Dress"

An historian recounts the story of the Dress Doctors, a group of women who taught America how to dress in the first half of the twentieth century.

Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, a group of women called the “Dress Doctors” taught Americans what to wear. Via clothing clubs, pamphlets and home economics courses, they instructed young women on how to put together a wardrobe that emphasized thrift and beauty. The dress doctors felt women were embarking on a new era of civic and social engagement and needed to learn how to look the part. Now, in a time of fast fashion where price and novelty rule, the lessons of the Dress Doctors have largely been forgotten. Historian Linda Przybyszewski looks to resurrect their teachings in a new book, “The Lost Art of Dress.”

Guests

Linda Przybyszewski

author of “The Lost Art of Dress” and associate professor of history at the University of Notre Dame.

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Excerpted with permission from THE LOST ART OF DRESS: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish, by Linda Przybyszewski. Available from Basic Books, a member of The Perseus Books Group. Copyright © 2014.

The Lost Art of Dress

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