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This illustrated book examines the relationship between innovation and aesthetics as expressed by American couturiers and fashion designers from the late 1910s to the early 21st century. ‘American Beauty’ tries to reveal that design and style were consistent elements in the work of American’s fashion designers. Patricia Mears introduces some figures such as Jessie Franklin Turner, Ronaldus Shamask, and Charles Kleibecker is discussed alongside pieces by other creators, such as Halston and Charles James; work by designers of the past is juxtaposed with different designers such as Rick Owens, Yeolee Teng, and Maria Comejo. James’s imposing gowns from the 1950s appear alongside contemporary Infantas by Ralph Rucci; the section on draping juxtaposes 1930s gowns by Elizabeth Hawes and Valentina with garments by Jean Yu and Isabel Toledo; clothing cut into pure geometric shapes like circles, triangles, and rectangles is illustrated by World War I-era teagowns by Jessie Franklin Turner, Claire McCardell’s mid-century rompers garments, and sportswear by Yeohlee and Shamask.