I thought I’d share one of my most favourite and useful books; The Language of Clothes by Alison Lurie (yes that Alison Lurie) and it’s a dream. Buy The Language of Clothes 1st Owl Books Ed by Alison Lurie (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on. Before we even speak to someone in a meeting, at a party, or on the street, our clothes express important information (or misinformation) about our occupation.

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Alison Lurie is the Pulitzer-prize winning author of many highly praised novels, including, most recently, The Last Resort. She is an American novelist and academic. What wonderful serendipity – I bought this in a charity shop alisoh ago for my general shelf. This nonfiction book came out at about the same time — during Reagan’s first term — but it is dated in more egregious ways. Nov 12, Sidney rated it liked it. A decent book–very well written, to be expected since Lurie is a novelist–but best for those who are new to either the history of clothing or the anthropological and social signifiers of what we put on every day.

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Like many non-academic texts it has “source notes” instead of properly footnoted references. The author Alison Lurie acts as a translator for us in deciphering the secret language of clothing. Write a customer review.

Extraordinarily intelligent and insightful. Fashion and Its Social Agendas: Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.

Unfortunately, as the book was published in”modern-day” does not encompass some of the more interesting fads of the ‘s, and perhaps dwells a bit too much on the ‘s. Some other observations I found worth noting: Aug 30, Juergen rated it liked it. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

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She provides fascinating insights into how changing sex roles, political upheavals, and class structure have influenced costume.

And we pay close attention to how others dress as well; though we may not be able to put what we observe into words, we unconsciously register the information, so that when we meet and converse we have already spoken to one another in a universal tongue. I did once read a piece by Lurie about how her own clothes choices had changed as she grew older – will see if I can find a link.

Woman were not spared during this time as well. It’s an old book but it’s message is eternal. She includes a fair number of illustrations, including a small color plate section, as well as source notes and a bibliography. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Mar 09, Katrina Sark rated it it was ok.


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Today, we may be regressing from the relative liberation of the ss pantsuit to a more restricted femininity of straight skirts and high heels. Get to Know Us. ElDoom rated it it was amazing Dec 31, The meaning on the way we dress or how we use fashion to define ourselves is a core concept of the read, and the one I found the most interesting.

Grey anything dull, depressed Pencil skirt, heels anti-feminist, happy to be oppressed Open neck loose chiffon languzge, red shoes wanton hussy God help me if I wear all the above.

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Account Options Sign in. See our Returns Policy. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Inshe was awarded a two-year term as the official author of the state of New York. From inside the book. Definitely opened my eyes to a few things