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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The classic book about the clothes we wear and what they say about us. Clothing can tell the world a lot about how we wish to be seen and how we feel about clohtes.

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Newer Post Older Post Home. Interesting but pretty obvious actually – very broad overview. I found this truly fascinating how we human computers break down the dress and body language to almost rate and be able to read people. The best chapters are about how clothes communicate gender and sexual messages.

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I was thinking about last years Fair Isle post, and almost posted a short story that was inspired by a visit I made to the island over 30 years ago when I was researching my thesis. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Jun 19, Andrea rated it clothex liked it. It’s all completely fascinating. She provides fascinating insights into how changing sex roles, political upheavals, and class structure have influenced costume.

What wonderful serendipity – I bought this in a charity shop years ago for my general shelf.



And we pay close attention to how others dress as well; though we may not be able to put what we The classic book about the clothes we wear and what they say about us. Alison Lurie is the Pulitzer-prize winning author of many highly praised novels, including, most recently, The Last Resort.

Un interesante pero no emocionante clothew sobre el significado de la moda. Although I have done much reading on the subject, it left me with a greater depth of perception about clothes. She is an American novelist and academic. After finishing college, Lurie worked as an editorial assistant for Oxford University Press in New York, but she wanted to make a living as a writer.

Lurie’s first novel was “Love and Friendship” and its characters were modeled on friends and colleagues.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Have you ever done a post on the politics of black hair?

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It was interesting in spots, but it’s obviously, since it was written xlison outdated. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. Clothing as a 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.

A,ison reason of why I love this detailed orientated book, was how Alison Lurie incorporated pictures and diagrams in her book.

Wonderful post – thanks, Catherine! Lurie’s is lurid only one you need bother with. Some information gets repeated between the chapters, but it’s usually worth repeating.

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After finishing college, Lurie worked as an editorial assistant for Oxford University Press in New York, wanting to make a living luriw a writer. Today, we may be regressing from the relative liberation of the ss pantsuit to a more restricted femininity of straight skirts and high heels. It doesn’t feature much about my core period – 12th century, it’s focus is elsewhere, but I recently featured it on my research book feature on my Facebook page!


Mar 18, Larry rated it really liked it. Share your thoughts with other customers. Lnguage House- Design – pages.

Oct 22, Viriam rated it it was amazing. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. The Language of Clothes. Her most recent novel is The Last Resort The language of clothes. This is a fabulous book.

The Language of Clothes

I’ve long thought of clothing as a form of social signalling, and this book goes through a detailed history of how that has worked over the years. Too many other comments on fashion’s relation to place, time, status, and opinion are similarly dubious or banal on the topic of color, for example, we learn that white symbolizes purity, innocence, and status; black, gloom, guilt, sophistication.

A bit out of date, but for the historical and anthropological perspective, quite entertaining! Woman were not spared during this time as well. Her father was a Latvian-born teacher, scholar and socialist who founded the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds. If I hadn’t read this for a book club, I don’t think Cpothes would have picked it up.