Are Clothes Modern? An Essay on Contemporary Apparel

By: Bernard Rudofsky

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Yellow cloth has moderate general wear plus some fraying at head of spine. Light foxing to edges of page-block. Light foxing to pastedowns, feps, title-page and last page. Otherwise internally clean. Binding tight. 241pp This book is a complete departure from the conventional notion that apparel is but one of the eternally puzzling phenomena of life; that it is created by forces unfathomably obscure and beyond our control; and that dress is merely distilled from the remnants of other epochs--a belief which is so dear to museum directors and fashion writers. Rejecting these ideas, the author induces the reader to think for himself rather than to swallow information. He demonstrates that our present-day dress is the perfect expression of our civilization; and less flattering evidence was seldom presented. Mr. Rudofsky reminds us that we smugly accept the stupidity of our clothes because we shy away from an insight into the problems of human work, leisure and happiness. The author mercilessly assails the superstitions and conventions by which we are bound, and clarifies the principles which should govern clothing in a modern age. Obviously, Are Clothes Modern? is no treatise on historic costume, on pattern making or merchandising. Though it digresses necessarily into historical and psychological matters, it is written for the adult reader whether he be professionally interested in present-day clothing, or merely intrigued by its social and ethical aspects.

Title: Are Clothes Modern? An Essay on Contemporary Apparel

Author Name: Bernard Rudofsky

Categories: Fashion, Costume, Jewellery and Textiles,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Chicago, Paul Theobald: 1947

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Size: 270mm x 285mm

Seller ID: 023513