Sometimes, a piece of clothing or an aspect of fashion has a very specific meaning. In her book The Language of Clothes, Alison Lurie. 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. An analysis of the hidden language of fashion details the range of possible messages–including sex, age, class, occupation, origin, personality, tastes, sexual.

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The Language of Clothes

Words in a Day I don’t thin it’s the book for you, she looks at meaning rather than a epoch by epoch description. This nonfiction book came out at about lufie same time — during Reagan’s first term — but it is dated in more egregious ways.

Whether she is describing the enormous amount of clothing worn by early Victorian women or illuminating the significance of the long robes worn by aging men throughout history to connote eminence, her analysis is playful, clever, and always on target.

To ask other readers questions about The Language of Clothesplease sign up. I’ll feel terribly self-conscious when I dress tomorrow Hope that helps xc.

Her novel “The Truth About Lorin Jones” has a lot of insights into the art world and is very revealing of character through clothes, come to think of it so I can imagine her take on fashion would be fascinating. Sadie Marie rated it really liked it Feb 20, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. She looks at concealment, at how clothes unite and divide, the decline of the symbolic hat and much more.

Clothing can tell the world a lot about how we wish to be seen and how we feel about ourselves. I found it a bit of a slog, and very dated. Oct 21, Lisa Houlihan added it Shelves: Jun 08, David rated it liked it Shelves: Mar 20, Bertrand rated it it was ok Shelves: Corsets, heels, how we wear our hair, how much we reveal about ourselves, or how much we hide.


Thanks for comments – I’ve been away all week and haven’t got back to this. Her father was a Latvian-born teacher, scholar and socialist who founded the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds.

The Language of Clothes – Alison Lurie – Google Books

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Her first novel, Love and Friendshipis a story of romance and deception among the faculty of a snowbound New England college. Even before we speak to someone in a meeting, at a party, or on the street, our clothes often express important information or misinformation about our occupation, origin, personality, opinions, and tastes. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

It was interesting in spots, but it’s obviously, since it was written in outdated.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Inshe published Foreign Affairs, her best-known novel, which traces the erotic entanglements of two American professors in England. A bit dated, but I have yet to find a better in information and readability introductory book for my college level Intro to Costume Design class. She received an A. It’s all completely fascinating. Even before we speak to someone in a meeting, at a party, or on the street, our clothes often express important information or misinformation about our occupation, origin, personality, opinions, and tastes.

It was published injust at the time I needed it and one of my tutors at St Martin’s School of Art recommended it to me. Books by Alison Lurie. Grey anything dull, depressed Pencil skirt, heels anti-feminist, happy to be oppressed Open neck loose chiffon shirt, red shoes wanton hussy God help me if I wear all the above. Definitely opened my eyes to a few things A lot of her assertions were dubious at best, like her theory that the widely-set stripes on baseball uniforms Lurie officially retired from Cornell inbut continues to teach and write.


Black Hair aliso is incredibly political – if you are interested a good starting point is the film, Good Hair. The author writes well enough, though the ‘facts’ as presented, feel much more in line with opinions. After finishing college, Lurie worked as an editorial assistant for Oxford University Press in New York, wanting to make a living as a writer.

Was it source material for Overdressed: Aug 05, Daniela rated it it was amazing. Her most recent novel is The Last Resort Lurie’s first novel was “Love and Friendship” and its characters were modeled on friends and colleagues. Contents Clothing as languafe Sign System. 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.

It won favorable reviews and established her as a keen observer of love in academia. Meg rated it it was ok Sep 09, Be the first to ask a question about The Language of Clothes.

She points out an exception: The language of clothes Alison Lurie Snippet view – Return to Book Page.

The language of clothes – Alison Lurie – Google Books

I love seeing how fancy girls manage to get within the confines of a school uniform! Jul 13, Shaylah rated it liked it. Some information gets repeated between the chapters, but it’s usually worth repeating.

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