The Language of Fashion by Mary Brooks Picken 1938

The Language of Fashion by Mary Brooks Picken 1938
This entry is part 20 of 21 in the series The Language of Fashion - 1939 Fashion Dictionary

I am so excited to get The Language of Fashion by Mary Brooks Picken (1938 edition) as an early Christmas present! I am even more thrilled by my friend’s thoughtfulness. Even more excited that this book’s copyright has apparently expired (according to my search on the U.S. government copyright site)…. so I can scan the pages!

I couldn’t help skipping ahead to page 132, Silhouettes, to use as an immediate reference for dating clothing. It’s interesting and informative to see the fashion authority of 1939’s view of the history of fashion…. although it seems that the silhouettes of 1880 and 1860 are reversed, because from what I’ve found, bustles were popular in the 1880s and the “bell” look was popular in 1860/Civil War era?

Here are the scans of the first few pages… such a tease…

 

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Jessica Kay Murray

Professional WordPress nerd. Lover of all things older than me. I am fascinated by early 1900s labor and feminist history, and have a sporadic addiction to reading nonfiction about those things on Archive.org. I scan old photographs and ephemera when I get really super bored. On Etsy I sell vintage clothing that I got as part of an interesting trade deal a few years ago.

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