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 classic book about the clothes we wear and what they say about us.

Lurie officially retired from Cornell inbut continues to teach and write. Jun 08, David rated it liked it Shelves: A bit dated, but I have yet to find a better in information and readability introductory book for lurue college level Intro to Costume Design class.

It was interesting in spots, but thw obviously, since it was written in outdated. She received an A. Alison Lurie, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, is our savvy guide and interpreter on this tour through the history of fashion. Account Options Sign in.

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Alisoj and try again. What wonderful serendipity – I bought this in a charity shop years ago for my general shelf. After years of receiving rejection slips, she devoted herself to raising her children.


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 teh is playful, clever, and always on target. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The presenter interviewed London girls from two schools I know well, Central Foundation in Bow and The Mulberry in Whitechapel and addressed, amongst other things the current fashion for enormous headscarves, one girl referred to this as ‘like a beehive only with scarves,’.

Books by Alison Lurie. And yes, I agree re hair. Sadie Marie rated it really liked it Feb 20, It was published injust at the time I cpothes it and one of my tutors at St Martin’s School of Art recommended it to me. Clothed Hair especially is incredibly political – if you clothse interested a good starting point is the film, Good Hair.

She received an A. It won favorable reviews and established her as a keen observer of love in academia.

These days there are far fewer clothes ‘tribes’. It was interesting in spots, but it’s obviously, since it was written in outdated. Meg rated it it was ok Sep 09, The language of clothes Alison Lurie Snippet view – Lurke rated it it was amazing Dec 31, Hope that helps xc.

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But it really has to be said that fashion is always political, and women have used dress to express themselves sometimes when it was the only avenue open to them.

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I mean, okay, without stereotyping, clothing couldn’t be such a dense forest of meaning, but Lurie is reductionist as well as prescriptivist and she ranks cultures on tne ladder rather than arraying them around a clock, say. My library Help Advanced Book Search. If I hadn’t read this for a book club, I don’t think I would have picked it up. Looking forward to listening to Hip in a Hijab.

The Language of Clothes

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. Clothing can tell the world a lot about how we wish to be seen and how we feel about lf.

A bit dated thought that was my only criticism. I didn’t ludie anything factual I skimmed the second half and I didn’t like her judgments.