What followed was a curiosity-driven investigation into why the USDA had produced something of that nature. Her study led to the discovery of the now-defunct Bureau of Home Economics, which included a division specifically dedicated to textiles and clothing. The women there — whom Przybyszewski refers to as “dress doctors” — produced numerous publications instructing women on how to sew and dress.
“They had created a very systematic way of teaching how you apply art principles to dress, how you can choose clothing for different occasions, and how you can do it all on a small budget,” the author says.
Her findings make up The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish, which details the history of these fashion rules. Przybyszewski will read from and sign her book tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue. Go to tattered-cover.com for more information.
Tue., May 27, 7:30 p.m., 2014