Esquire Fashion Guide for All Occasion
Birmingham, Frederic A. Esquire Fashion Guide for All Occasion. Revised Edition. 1962. Book is in very good condition; dust jacket is in very good minus condition—previous owner’s name written on the front endpaper, and jacket shows rubbing & light fraying. Introduction by O.E. Schoeffler. Illustrated by Alvin Pimsler.
This elegant and attractive primer on men’s dress is steeped in the Madison Avenue and Ivy League sensibility of 1960s era Esquire magazine. Much more than a how-to book, it proposes an entire philosophy of men’s fashion, noting how stable the trajectory has been compared to its roller coaster counterpart, women’s fashion. It then proposes a classic mode of dress and comportment that resonates today, even as some of its specific guidelines have relaxed. Includes b & w illustration of its instructions, which are every bit as classic as the book itself.
“This is the age of the democrat, in which even a king tries to dress like a citizen. A man dresses not to be different but to Belong.”
--Frederic A. Birmingham