How to Draw Dress Designs


A new find at! A textbook for use in trade or technical schools, from the library of the New York State College of Agriculture at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. It was published in 1912 in New York. The title is Industrial drawing for girls; design principles applied to dress, the author, Edith Cary Hammond. Application of Design Principles to Dress begins on page 53. The dress form was used as the model and dress designs were drawn.

A text like this may have been used in classes at the Manhattan Trade School for Girls. Here is a video from of footage from classes at that school in 1911.


An interesting article by Paul Lukas, How the Manhattan Trade School prepared a generation of New York women for the workplace, about the school records that were rescued from the dumpster.

Paul Lukas’ blog about his research on the school records and other found objects

Image of a drawing class at Manhattan Trade School for Girls

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