costume, desgin, clothing, home economics department
Cooperative Extension Service, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
To be well dressed, and to make a pleasing appearance is the wish of almost every woman. It is not possible for everyone to be expensively dressed, but it is possible for every woman to be becomingly dressed. A study of herself and the prevailing mode will help to select clothes which are becoming. Sensible following of fashions is desirable since it gives pleasure and self-assurance. A woman who is not dressed in accordance with the mode is apt to be self-conscious. To be "in style" does not mean to be faddishly dressed. The well-dressed woman avoids fads. Her clothes are wisely selected, and contrary to the hopes of the manufacturer, she is able to wear her clothes two seasons or more and still be in style. All women are designers in some sense of the word. They are designing a costume whenever they select a dress or hat. Whether or not they are good designers depends on their training, the practice, and the thought they have given design.
Andrews, Anita, "Designing Your Own Costume" (1930). SDSU Extension Circulars. 284.