Published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name, American Beauty by Patricia Mears examines the relationship between aesthetics and innovation as expressed by American fashion designers from 1910 to the present. While the world of US fashion is best known globally for causal wear, Mears successfully illustrates that artistry and flawless construction are hallmarks of American Fashion. The book is available through Yale University Press.

American Beauty is on view at The Museum at FIT through April 10, 2010. FIT on Seventh Avenue at 27th Street in New York, NY.

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