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American Clothing Designers, Selected Bibliography

Information or research assistance regarding American clothing designers is frequently requested from the Smithsonian Institution. The following information has been prepared to assist those interested in this topic.

Bailey, Margaret. Those Glamorous Years: Great Hollywood Costume Designs of the 30s. New York: Carol Publishing Group, l982. (Various Hollywood designers).

Berch, Bettina. Radical by Design: The Life and Style of Elizabeth Hawes. New York: E. P. Dutton, l988. (Elizabeth Hawes)

Bullis, Douglas. California Fashion Designers. Layton, Utah: Gibbs M. Smith, Inc., l987. (Various designers contemporary to publication date).

Burr, Carole Reid and Roger K. Peterson. Rose Marie Reid: An Extraordinary Life Story. American Fork, Utah: Covenant Communications, l995. (Rose Marie Reid)

Carter, Ernestine. The Changing World of Fashion. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, l977 (General with references to various designers).

Cassini, Oleg. In My Own Fashion: An Autobiography. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1987. (Oleg Cassini)

Coleman, Elizabeth Ann. The Genius of Charles James. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, l982. (Charles James)

Diamonstein, Barbaralee. Fashion: The Inside Story. New York: Rizzoli, l985. (Various designers contemporary to publication date).

Epstein Williams, Beryl. Fashion is our Business. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, l945.

Fogarty, Anne. Wife Dressing. New York: J. Messner, l959. (Anne Fogarty)

Gaines, Steven. Simply Halston. New York: Jove Books, l99l. (Halston)

Glynn, Prudence. In Fashion: Dress in the Twentieth Century. New York: Oxford University Press, l978. (General work with references to various designers).

Gould, Lois. Mommy Dressing: A Love Story, After a Fashion. New York: Doubleday, l998. (Jo Copeland)

Greer, Howard. Designing Male. New York: Putnam, l95l. (Howard Greer)

Grubbo, J. The Coat: Tribute to Oleg Cassini. New York: Jones, l994. (Oleg Cassini)

Head, Edith and Jane Kesner Ardmore. The Dress Doctor. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, l959. (Edith Head)

Head, Edith and Paddy Calistro. Edith Head's Hollywood. New York: E. P. Dutton, l983. (Edith Head)

Lambert, Eleanor. The World of Fashion: People, Places and Resources. New York: R. R. Bowker Company, l976. (Brief biographies on designers, including accessory designers)

Lee, Sarah Tomerlin, editor. American Fashion: The Life and Lines of Adrian, Mainbocher, McCardell, Norell, Trigere. New York: Fashion Institute of Technology, l975.

Leese, Elizabeth. Costume Design in the Movies. New York: F. Ungar, l977. (Hollywood designers)

McCardell, Claire. What Shall I Wear? New York: Simon and Shuster, l956. (Claire McCardell)

McConathy, Dale with Diana Vreeland. Hollywood Costume: Glamour! Glitter! Romance! New York: H. N. Abrams, 1976. (Biographical notes on various Hollywood designers).

Mackie, Bob. Dressing for Glamour. New York: A & W Publishers, l979. (Bob Mackie)

Milbank, Caroline Rennolds. New York Fashion: The Evolution of American Style. New York: Harry A. Abrams, Inc., l989. (Chronologically arranged with entries for various designers in each decade).

Moffitt, Peggy. The Rudi Gernreich Book. New York: Rizzoli, l99l. (Rudi Gernreich)

Moor, Jonathan. Perry Ellis: A Biography. New York: St. Martin's Press, l986. (Perry Ellis)

Mulvagh, Jane. History of 20th Century Vogue Fashion. New York: Viking, l988. (Chronologically arranged with references to designers).

O=Hara, Georgina. The Encyclopedia of Fashion. New York: Harry A. Abrams, Inc., l986. (Biographical entries on various designers)

Rose, Helen. Just Make Them Beautiful. Santa Monica, California: Dennis-Landman, l976. (Helen Rose)

Sharaff, Irene. Broadway and Hollywood: Costumes Designed by Irene Sharaff. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Cos., l976. (Irene Sharaff)

Steele, Valerie. Women of Fashion: Twentieth-Century Designers. New York: Rizzoli, l99l. (Various women designers)

Stegemeyer, Anne. Who's Who in Fashion. New York: Fairchild Publications, l988 (Second edition). (Biographical entries on various designers)

Trachtenberg, Jeffrey A. Ralph Lauren: The Man Behind the Mystique. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, l988. (Ralph Lauren)

Yohannan, Kohle and Nancy Wolf. Claire McCardell: Redefining Modernism. New York: Harry A. Abrams, Inc., l998. (Claire McCardell)

Walz, Barbra and Bernadine Morris. The Fashion Makers: An Inside Look at America's Leading Designers. New York: Random House, l978. (Various designers)

Prepared by the Division of Home and Community Life,
Costume Collections, in cooperation with
Public Inquiry Services,
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