The American Look, a chat with Dr. Rebecca Arnold (Bonus Episode)


The American Look is typified by the ingenious use of materials for practical, interchangeable separates such as this skirt by Bonnie Cashin fashioned from a mohair blanket. John Rawlings, Vogue, October 15, 1957. Condé Nast / Getty Images

In honor of New York Fashion Week, we speak with Dr. Rebecca Arnold about the origins of American style.

Additional Reading

  • Arnold, Rebecca. The American Look: Fashion, Sportswear and the Image of Women in 1930s and 1940s New York. London; I.B. Taurus & Co., 2009.
  • Deihl, Nancy, ed. The Hidden History of American Fashion: Rediscovering 20th Century Women Designers. New York: Bloomsbury, 2018.
  • Mears, Patricia. American Beauty: Aesthetics and Innovation in Fashion. New Haven: Yale Univeristy Press, 2009.
  • Rennolds Milbank, Caroline. New York Fashion: The Evolution of American Style. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1996.