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Frankie Welch's Americana: Fashion, Scarves and Politics

Frankie Welch's Americana: Fashion, Scarves and Politics

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Frankie Welch's Americana: Fashion, Scarves and Politics

W033143 | $39.95 / 10% library disc.

Ashley Callahan. University of Georgia Press, Athens, 2022.

320 pp. Well illustrated (chiefly col.). 27 x 23 cm. LC 2021-31549 In English. Hardcover.

ISBN 9780820360485

Frankie Welch combined a creative mind and an entrepreneurial spirit to establish herself as a leading American textile, accessories, and fashion designer in a career that spanned four decades, from the 1960s through the 1990s. This lavishly illustrated book provides a lively account of her life and career, tracing her rise from the small town of Rome, Georgia, to her role as a doyenne of fashion in the Washington, D.C., area. Featuring her scarf and fashion designs for the 1968 presidential campaigns, the history of her influential dress shop in Alexandria, Virginia, her connections to first ladies and other D.C. tastemakers, and her exuberant embrace of Americana during the U.S. Bicentennial, this history weaves Welch’s personal biography into the literal fabric of our country. Frankie Welch’s Americana discusses significant designs and their creation, use, and influence in detail, while highlighting how Welch embraced and promoted her role as an entrepreneur, building a niche business that capitalized on her location near Washington and her political connections. Welch was most widely known for her custom scarves, and each design offers an opportunity for readers to view the nation’s recent past through the informative lens of women’s fashion.

Subject Headings: Western Art -- United States -- Post-1945 ; Post-1970 -- Costume/Fashion ; Textile/Fiber Arts -- Decorative Arts and Design ; Women Artists --

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