Has anyone ever seen or heard of this book?

I have yet to fully read it. But just skimming a few pages it looks like a witty, scathing review of the state of women’s fashion and fashion history. It was published in 1938 by Elizabeth Hawes. Apparently, from my skimming, she was a couturier designer.

I found it on a library book sale some years ago. While cleaning out my parents’ attic (of over 15 boxes of books, vintage fur coats and clothes, and more no less), I was delighted to stumble across it. I’ve included photos of the final two pages and table of contents for your delight and amusement. I love beautiful clothes but her last line about settling into an old sweater and skirt and remarking ‘to h... with it’ absolutely made me roar with laughter! Many times I was tempted to put this book in the donation pile. I’m glad I didn’t! Considering her strong opinions, her observations and experiences, I’m curious to see how her thoughts stack up against today’s fashion market and trends. She remarks on buying habits, cost of custom made and RTW, and much from that time.

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