1949 Student fashion workbook with collages, fabric samples, attitude
Thick blue cloth binder, 11.5 x 10.5 x 3 inches. 223 hand-numbered pages neatly divided into sections including grooming, designers, stores, and publications. 4 additional booklets are inserted in a pocket, including Dan Rivers' Dictionary of Textile Terms. Several pages with fabric samples and many collages throughout. In Good condition with foxing around the edges of the textblock and discoloration from the acidic adhesive used in the collages. Compiled by University of Georgia "Clothing 321" student K. Sue Kirkland, taught by Miss Elizabeth Armstrong who gave the effort an A+. Missing pages in the "Construction" section (alluded to in the teacher's comments, which are otherwise quite praising). Class notes and projects range from studies on the aesthetic and technical qualities of different fabrics to understanding women's body and personality types--complete with psychological profiles and original poems for select groups. The poems particularly reveal quite the attitude, often irritating, but also some humor ("Good taste - Not looking like an accident out hunting for a place to happen.") In more topical reporting, the student remarks on the return of the slim '20s silhouette and the back-and-forth idealization of women's curvature, which we know would soon be won out by the classic 1950s fit-and-flare. A work of "originality and ingenuity" that glimpses a transitional period.