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Fashion Flash Book Review: A Well Dressed Wife by Anne Fogarty
Anne Fogarty was an iconic fashion designer when I was a teenager. She invented the tailored yet freminine mass market style that became that young women wanted in the 1950’s. She was especially famous for her lightweight tweed dresses, narrow waists and full skirts. It was actually not an easy look to wear but I never felt as feminine and confident as I did in my organge tweed longsleeve full skirted Anne Fogarty dress. My mom thought I looked like pumpkin with legs.
She died way too young in 1980 and when I found a reissue of her book ” A Well Dressed Wife in the Victoria and Albert Museum, I was positively giddy. Published originally in 1959, it had great style nueggets along with really dated ideas. For example, Fogarty spent several pages explaining how to wear and care for white gloves. Seriously. She also belived that jeans were only to be worn square dancing, use small bags for work and never wear charm bracelets in the theatre.
But then there were timeless tips that were almost an excuse to fly to London to buy the book. I loved her numberous tips for evening wear coats ) eg red velvet swing coat), how to wear fake fur coats and bags, and how to shop while on vacation. And speaking of travel she has a truely brilliant way of traveling with an evening gown or wedding dress. Rather than to try to ram it into a suitcase, wrap in tissue and pack in a long cardboard box. I actually tried this out over the holidays and it worked brilliantly.
A Well Dressed Wife is a wonderful read. Its a shame that such a visual book does have a single drawing and photo.