The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish

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6.4 X 1.5 X 9.7 inches | 1.45 pounds
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About the Author

Linda Przybyszewski is an associate professor of history at the University of Notre Dame. The author of The Republic According to John Marshall Harlan, the editor of Some Memories of a Long Life, 1854-1911, as well as a prize-winning dressmaker, she lives in South Bend, Indiana.


"A fascinating and valuable book."--Boston Globe
"The writing is sharp; the research thorough; and the book's illustrations a lone are worth the price of entry."--Books & Culture
"A fascinating read.... Highly recommended!"--A Dress A Day
"An important, even revolutionary book."--Acculturated
"Like another forgotten artifact, the hope chest, is most delightfully and fragrantly packed."--New York Times Book Review
"A witty look at well-dressed women and a defense of the classic home-economics course."--Columbus Dispatch
"If you love history as much as sewing, or are fascinated by the sewing the style manuals of the past, pick up a copy of The Lost Art of Dress."--Threads Magazine
"[Przybyszewski's] wit and intelligence make this book as entertaining as it is informative."--Shop the Garment District blog
"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."--Karen Karbo, author of The Gospel According to Coco Chanel