Search - List of Books by Mary Brooks Picken

Mary Brooks Picken was an influential American author of numerous books on needlework, sewing, and textile arts. Born in Aug. 6 1886, she founded the Women's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences in Scranton, PA. A fashion expert and author, Picken was an authority on dress, fabric, design, and sewing. She taught "Economics of Fashion" at Columbia University and was one of the five founding directors of the Costume Institute. She was the first woman to be named a trustee of the Fashion Institute of Technology.

She was a member of the National Academy of Sciences National Research Council Advisory Committee on Women's Clothing that selected Hattie Carnegie as the designer of the United States Army's women's uniform and provided advice and assistance on all elements of the women's uniform beginning in 1949.

Picken was a founder of the Fashion Group and served as its Chairman of the Board.

She was Married to G. Lynn Sumner, who was President of the advertising firm of G. Lynn Sumner Co. of N.Y.

Among her ninety-six books on sewing and fashion, Picken is notable for being the first female author of a dictionary in the English language (The Fashion Dictionary, 1957.)

Picken died March 8, 1981, in Williamsport, PA.

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Total Books: 15
The Mary Brooks Picken Method Of Modern Dressmaking
2010 - The Mary Brooks Picken Method of Modern Dressmaking (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781446511428
ISBN-10: 1446511421
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home

The Secrets of Distinctive Dress
2009 - The Secrets of Distinctive Dress (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781151379269
ISBN-10: 1151379263

Tailored Pockets
2009 - Tailored Pockets [Illustrated Edition - Dodo Press] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781409968535
ISBN-10: 1409968537

A Dictionary of Costume and Fashion  Historic and Modern
1998 - A Dictionary of Costume and Fashion Historic and Modern (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780486402949
ISBN-10: 0486402940
Genres: Arts & Photography, Crafts, Hobbies & Home
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

Old-Fashioned Ribbon Trimmings and Flowers
1993 - Old-fashioned Ribbon Trimmings and Flowers [Dover Craft Books] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780486275215
ISBN-10: 0486275213
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Sewing for the Home (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780356047928
ISBN-10: 035604792X

Novelty Trimmings [by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences - Department of Millinery] (Other)
Singer Sewing Book
Singer Sewing Book (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781125388822
ISBN-10: 112538882X

Fancy Aprons and Sunbonnets -- Vintage Patterns and Instructions
Fancy Aprons and Sunbonnets -- VIntage Patterns and Instructions [Women's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781934268582
ISBN-10: 1934268585

One Hour Dress -- 17 Easy-to-Sew Vintage Dress Designs From 1924
One Hour Dress -- 17 Easy-to-sew VIntage Dress Designs From 1924 [Book 1] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781934268667
ISBN-10: 1934268666

One Hour Dress -- 17 Vintage 1924 Dress Designs with Detailed Instructions for Sewing
One Hour Dress -- 21 Vintage 1925 Dress Designs with Detailed Instructions for Sewing
Sewing Magic -- 225 Patterns for Sewing Vintage Fashions Accessories Household Decor and Gifts