YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2009. Oversized Hardcover. Book Condition: As new. This beautifully illustrated book examines the relationship between innovation and aesthetics as expressed by American couturiers and fashion designers from the late 1910s to the present day. Accompanying a major exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, 11/09-1/10, this publication reveals that great design & great style have been consistent elements in the work of America's best fashion designers. Patricia Mears introducesmany great forgotten figures, plus many familiar names; work by designers of the past is juxtaposed with that of contemporary designers in stunning tribute to the artistry, innovation & flawless construction of American fashion.