As amusing as slang fashion is, it is not a complete language. I think women should dress as they talk: a basis of grammar, lightened here and there with a sprinkling of argot.
– Main Rousseau Bocher, American couturier from 1929 to 1971, as quoted in The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish by Linda Przybyszewski.
Mr. Bocher was speaking about the youthful and less sophisticated fashions in the 1960s.
Ms. Przybszewski will be reading from her book this evening, Thursday, May 15th at 6pm. Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, SF.
I’ll be there!