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American Style and Spirit: Fashions and Lives of the Roddis Family, 1850–1995
Brought to life for the first time outside the attic in which they were stored for generations, here are more than 200 garments and accessories, beautifully preserved and complemented by archival objects, family photographs, and letters, as well as 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. Co-author Jane Bradbury describes the joy of discovering the clothes when her aunt, Augusta Denton Roddis, showed her the astonishing collection. Co-author Edward Maeder describes his own meeting with Miss Roddis and his long association with the 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 through the 1920s and the Depression to the mid-1990s. Beautifully designed, this is a must-have for every fashion enthusiast.
Hardcover. 304 pages.