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Spring 2014

TTU Press Publishes Best of the Best Book

‘A Perfect Fit’ traces the impact of Jewish Americans on the fashion industry.

by Sally Logue Post

A Perfect Fit: The Garment Industry and American Jewry, 1860-1960

A book published by Texas Tech University Press (TTUP) was recognized as a “Best of the Best from the University Presses” title at the 2013 American Library Association conference.

“A Perfect Fit: The Garment Industry and American Jewry, 1860-1960” was one of 13 books selected by public and secondary school librarians from about 400 titles published by members of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) and reviewed in the annual edition of “University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Librarians.”

“Having a book named a ‘Best of the Best’ represents the culmination of many years of hard work and determination by our editors and staff,” said Robert Mandel, director of TTUP. “This honor also demonstrates that TTU Press can now compete toe to toe with the best and most prestigious university publishers in the country.”

The book, edited by Gabriel Goldstein and Elizabeth Greenberg, looks at how the Jewish tailors, cutters, pressers, peddlers and shopkeepers of the 19th century laid the foundation for today’s fashion industry.

Drawn from an award-winning exhibition of the same title at the Yeshiva University Museum, “A Perfect Fit” is a compilation of essays that address themes such as the development of the menswear industry, the early film industry and its relationship to American fashion, the relationship of the American industry to Britain and France, the acculturation of Jewish immigrants and its impact on American garment making, advertising history and popular culture, and regional centers of manufacturing.

Goldstein and Greenberg were curator and assistant curator, respectively, of the museum exhibition. A specialist in Jewish art and material culture, Goldstein served at the museum for more than two decades. Greenberg is now curator of fine arts at Siena College in Loudonville, New York.

Texas Tech University Press

Texas Tech University Press opened in 1971 and joined the Association of American University Presses in 1987.

TTUP publishes books in the areas of American liberty and justice; costume and textile studies; history and culture of Texas and the West, the Great Plains, and modern Southeast Asia during and after the Vietnam War; Jewish studies and literature; Latin American and Latino fiction; natural history and natural science; and sport in the American West. In addition, TTUP publishes several scholarly journals, series for young readers, the annual winner of the Walt McDonald First-Book Competition in Poetry, and literary fiction of Texas and the West. Visit TTUP at ttupress.org.

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Sally Logue Post is Director of Research & Academic Communications for the Office of the Vice President for Research at Texas Tech University.

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Sep 24, 2014