Fashionable Clothing from the Sears Catalogs: Late 1960s focuses on wearable, collectible vintage clothing and accessories. The Sears catalogs provide the basis for a comprehensive study of the fashions of this period. The descriptions drawn from the catalogs are detailed and accurate in order to help collectors understand the styles of the period, as well as the textiles in use. Although Sears shows apparel for every market, from glamorous to practical, Fashionable Clothing from the Sears Catalogs: Late 1960s showcases the most collectible, trendy garments and accessories from the period: stretch pants, mini skirts, turtleneck tunics, tank tops, pantskirts, pantjumpers, flared-leg pants, A-line shifts, knee-high boots, and belted swimwear. There are chapters on "Gowns, Dresses, Shifts, Skirts, and Shirts," "Pants, Pantjumpers, Pantskirts, and Tunics," "Coats," "Swimsuits, Play Suits, and Beach Cover-ups," "Underwear and Nightwear," and "Accessories." The book focuses on women's fashions, but includes examples of collectible men's and children's fashions of the period.
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Desire Smith is a major collector, lecturer, and consultant in vintage fashions. She received B.A. and M.Ed. degrees from Beaver College and studied film and photography at Philadelphia College of Performing Arts and Moore College of Art. She is an active student of fashion and a member of the Costume Society of America. A retired high school English teacher, Desire has spent over twenty-five years selecting more than an thousand hats, garments, and accessories from the eighteenth century through the 1960s for her personal collection. She lives with her husband, grown children, and a menagerie of pets outside Philadelphia. Her earlier books include Hats (1996), Vintage Style (1997), Fashionable Clothing from the Sears Catalogs: Early 1970s (1998), and Fashionable Clothing from the Sears Catalogs: Early 1950s (1998).
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