What Shall I Wear?: The What, Where, When, and How Much of Fashion, New Edition

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About the Author

Claire McCardell (1905-1958) was an American fashion designer. In 1990, Life magazine named her one of the 100 most important Americans of the twentieth century, and in 1955, she was on the cover of Time magazine. She attended Parsons School of Design in New York and studied in Paris. As head designer of Townley Frocks, she was one of the first American designers to have name recognition. She was the recipient of two Coty Awards and won the first American Sportswear Designs Award from Sports Illustrated magazine. Her work is in museums across the country and has been the subject of retrospectives at the Smithsonian and the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Tory Burch is an American designer known for beautiful, timeless pieces. Founded in 2004, her collections include ready to-wear, handbags, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home, and beauty. Empowering women is Tory's guiding principle, underpinning her design philosophy and the Tory Burch Foundation.

Allison Tolman is the vice president of Collections and Interpretation at the Maryland Center for History and Culture (MCHC) in Baltimore, Maryland. Formerly the associate curator of the Fashion Archives at MCHC, Tolman became fascinated with Claire McCardell as she delved into the deep collection of clothing and personal papers housed there.


"Don't Get Dressed Without Reading This Book...There's something about a book's materiality and authorial style that finds common cause with the catwalk. If in doubt, simply spend some time with Ms. McCardell, whose advice accessorizes the mind, not just the house -- and costs less, these days, than the price of a tube of haute lipstick."-- "The New York Times"
"In our rule-free, anything's-a-trend world, you'd think the last thing we need is a book telling women how to get dressed. And yet! Claire McCardell's What Shall I Wear? The What, Where, When, and How Much of Fashion, a witty and slender book first released in 1956 and now back in print with an introduction by Tory Burch, is the best and most considerate fashion book I've read this year."-- "Harper's Bazaar.com"