American Style and Spirit : Fashions and Lives of the Roddis Family, 1850-1995 - the exhibition catalogue from The Henry Ford Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

American Style and Spirit : Fashions and Lives of the Roddis Family, 1850-1995

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'This book celebrates the extraordinary nature of ordinary lives, and the power of clothing to bring history to life' - Vogue

An elegant and richly illustrated coffee table book about the garments belonging to the Roddis family of Marshfield Winsconsin.

Brought to life for the first time outside the attic in which they were stored for generations, here are more than 300 garments and accessories, beautifully preserved and complemented by archival objects, family photographs, and letters. The book is packed with evocative descriptions of whom the garments belonged to, when they were made or bought, and even where they were worn-all by members of the Roddis family of Marshfield, Wisconsin.

Author Jane Bradbury describes the joy of discovering the clothes when her aunt, Augusta Denton Roddis, showed her the astonishing collection. A remarkable resource, the book presents the garments and their designers in the context of the various eras in which they were created, from the turn of the 20th century, spanning the 1920s and The Depression, through to the late 1990s. Beautifully designed, this is a must-have for every fashion enthusiast.

Details
  • Author: Jane Bradbury
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Date published:  October 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1851778898
  • Product Dimensions: 30.0 x 21.6 cm
Reviews

'This book celebrates the extraordinary nature of ordinary lives, and the power of clothing to bring history to life' - Vogue

'An extraordinary trove of clothing unearthed from the attic of a chic but thrifty lumber scion named Augusta Roddis. . . . Jane Bradbury [and Edward Maeder] wrote the substantive and mesmerizing book' - The New York Times

'The Roddis collection, now housed at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, is a record of three generations’ clothes, accessories and related ephemera, which provide a fascinating insight into upper-middle-class American life from the 1850s to the 1990s. This rich account of personal and peer-group taste is not just an absorbing micro-history; it is of broader sociological interest, and tells us much about the role played by dress in (auto)biography and memory.' - The TLS

'More than 200 perfectly preserved garments and accessories, along with other materials, from a century and half of collecting. The story of the family that saved them and photographs of the items, along with notes on fashion salons and a helpful glossary, make this book something special.' - Saint Louis Post Dispatch


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