My mom was reading the sunday Kansas City Star paper a few weeks ago and came across this neat article. She saved it for me so I could share it with all of you! I own the book mentioned in the article and it is a wonderful book full of all things about aprons (even a pattern to make your own!). You can find it at half.com or amazon.com. Enjoy!
Aprons Once Again Welcome In The Kitchen
Aprons are suddenly back.
They were popular in the ‘50s when women were sewing aprons with fun fabrics and flounces. But in the ‘60s they went away- for decades, says EllynAnne Geisel, author of The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort (Andrews McMeel, $17).
“They didn’t just go away, they were thrown away,” Geisel said in a phone interview from her Colorado home. “They were considered symbols of holding working women back.”
Enter the 1990s, when celeb chefs on the Food Network sort of brought back aprons. They were in solid colors, often white, and looked like professional bibs.
But hit the stores today and you’ll see that the frills are back.
“They’ve made the transition from domestic armor to domestic couture,” Geisel said. “Aprons have emerged as smart wear, making that transition from work to home and saving your good clothes again in the process.”
Geisel thinks the popularity of the apron is on the rise. An apron symbolizes a simpler time of doing more with less, therefore eating at home more, which resonates with people in this current economy.
And aprons tug on the heart strings. They remind us of the women in our lives who are now gone but prepared special recipes and made family get-togethers special.
Stacy Downs, The Kansas City Star; Sunday, November 23, 2008