I've seen reproductions of the Apparel Arts sketches. Â Pronouncements like the one made by Amies are, to my thinking, useless, because they spring from no underlying aesthetic considerations, but are merely appeals to "tradition", which is a moving target at best. Â At least Alan Flusser bases his judgements on his perceptions of symmetry and balance, and historical intent of a particular detail or another.
Well, I differ here. I like the idea of appealing to tradition and doing something just for the sake of tradition. Esp. such a thing as trivial as clothing. In fact, such is my reverance for tradition, in some respects, that I wouldn't ever think of putting quotation marks around the word, lest someone should gather that I think it a relative concept.