What Shall I Wear?

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

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First published in 1956, What Shall I Wear? is a distillation of McCardell's democratic fashion philosophy and a chattily vivacious guide to looking effortlessly stylish. Mostly eschewing Paris, although she studied there and was influenced by Vionnet and Madame Gres, McCardell preferred an unadorned aesthetic; modern and minimalist, elegant and relaxed, even for evening, with wool jersey and tweed among her favorite fabrics. What Shall I Wear? provides a glimpse into the sources of McCardell's inspiration--travel, sports, the American leisure lifestyle, and her own closet--and how she transformed them into fashion, all the while approaching design from her chosen vantage point of usefulness. A retro treat for designers and everyone who loves fashion--vintage and contemporary--and teeming with charming illustrations and still-solid advice for finding your own best look, creatively shopping on a budget, and building a real wardrobe that is chic and individual, What Shall I Wear? is a tribute to the American spirit in fashion.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 151 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 22mm | 439.98g
  • Overlook Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
  • 1585679704
  • 9781585679706
  • 922,548

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"I identify so much with Claire McCardell . . . that I can't believe it."--Isaac Mizrahishow more

About Claire Mccardell

Claire McCardell (1905-1958) pioneered a style of clothing both casual and chic. In 1990, "Life "magazine named her one of the 100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century. She attended Parsons, learning to construct clothing by taking apart Vionnet samples. As head designer of Townley Frocks, she was one of the first American designers to have name recognition, as the company began to sell its fashions branded as Claire McCardell Clothes by Townley. Her work is in museums across the country and has been the subject of retrospectives at the Smithsonian and the Fashion Institute of Technology."show more

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