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Rudofsky, Bernard, Are Clothes Modern? An Essay on Contemporary Apparel, Chicago, Paul Theobald, 1947, first edition, 4to (11.25" x 8.75"), HB, yellow cloth boards, VG+ / none. Spine darkened, boards are lightly soiled front and back, edgewear to extremities, esp. lower right front corner; previous owners' name stamp & sig., address on ffep. Foxing to first prelim. and title page, interior contents clean and bright.

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 specifically for the MOMA exhibition, that corresponded to silhouettes reflecting various periods of fashion in Western and Eastern cultures. This title is essentially an expansion on the content of the exhibition.

Fascinating and a must have for anyone interested in the history of dressing, body adornment, differing cultural views of the body beautiful and the threads of similarities within fashions of differing cultures throughout the ages. Profusely illustrated with photographs, diagrams, period advertising, drawings and tattoos depicting body ornamentation and dress from numerous cultures past and present -- up to 1947.    [Book ID # 1627]

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