American Style and Spirit (Hardcover)

Fashions and Lives of the Roddis Family, 1850-1995

By Jane Bradbury, Edward Maeder, Valerie Steele (Foreword by)

Victoria & Albert Museum, 9781851778898, 304pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2016



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, 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. 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 through the 1920s and the Depression to the mid-1990s. Beautifully designed, this is a must-have for every fashion enthusiast.

About the Author

Jane Bradbury studied at Sotheby's Works of Art Course in London and has an MA from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts.Edward Maeder has held curatorial positions at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and was founding director of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto.