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Rudofsky, Bernard, Are Clothes Modern?, Chicago, Paul Theobald, 1947, first edition, 4to (11.25" x 8.75"), HB in dj, yellow cloth boards w/ black titles, b&w photgraphic dj, VG- / Fair. Prev. owner's bookplate to front pastedown, boards soiled, extremities bumped, sm tear to bottom edge of title page. DJ soiled/darkened, creased w/ several tears, loss to spine at both ends & rear bottom corner, price clipped.

Subtitled "An Essay on Contemporary Apparel."

241 pp. Illustrations in b/w, a few color. A discussion of historical, social and ethical issues relating to how humans clothe themselves; "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 supersitions and conventions by which we are bound, and clarifies the principles which should govern clothing in a modern age."

In 1944 Mr.Rudofsky was Director of Apparel Research at the Museum of Modern Art. In 1945 he curated: 'Are Clothes Modern' and was the author of the exhibition's catalog. He also designed figures used in the galleries, sculpted by Nivola for the MOMA exhibition, that corresponded to silhouettes reflecting various periods of Western fashion. This title is essentially an expansion on the content of the exhibition.

Profusely illustrated with photographs, diagrams, period advertising, drawings and tattoos depicting body ornamentation and dress from numerous cultures past and present -- up to 1947. Fascinating and a must have for anyone interested in the history of the human concept of dress, body adornment, the diversity of what has represented the body beautiful and conversely the threads of similarity within the fashions of differing cultures, from ancient to modern.

Chapters include: Chapters include: Are Clothes Modern?, Topography of Modesty, The Unfashionable Human Body, Does the Pipe Fit the Face?, Clothes in Our Time, Cut and Dry Goods; Satoriasis, or the Enjoyment of Discomfort; Dress Reform or Reform Dress, The Poor Man's Aesthetics, and Invocation of Democracy.

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