"Aprons: Icons of the American Home" by Joyce Cheney...

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May 14, 2000|By Michael Pakenham

"Aprons: Icons of the American Home" by Joyce Cheney (Running Press, 143 pages, $24.95)

With vast affection for motherhood, a collection of aprons curated by Ms. Cheney has toured 15 cities. This catalog, cleanly designed and delightfully illustrated, is a small coffee table gem. There are aprons old, and aprons way out new. Imagination, irony, ceremony, utility, ornamentation, ritual, antiquity and outrageousness abound. Apparently, the actual use of aprons is in decline -- but this book might just reverse the trend.

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