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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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 ‘ Lurie provides an examination of the psyche behind aljson trends, and how current events influence fashion, while those “in control” designers and the fashion business have less influence than they’d like.

Alison LurieClothesLovely clothes. May 07, Jenne rated it it was ok Shelves: Not content with recognizing the simple statements–your sex, age, and class–expressed in the language of dress, Lurie looks for the grammar and syntax. To ask languagw readers questions about The Language of Clothesplease sign up. I’ll feel terribly self-conscious when I dress tomorrow Some information gets repeated between the chapters, but it’s usually worth repeating.

Excellent book on a little researched and mostly unconscious subject. About the Author Alison Lurie is the Pulitzer-prize winning author of many highly praised novels, including, most recently, The Last Resort. Her novel “The Truth About Lorin Jones” has a lot of lxnguage into the art world and is very revealing of character through clothes, come to think of it slison I can imagine her take on fashion would be fascinating.


The Language of Clothes

How to Read a Dress. I though it was a pretty good account of why we wear what we wear and what it says about us. Another reason of why I love this detailed orientated book, alisoon how Alison Lurie incorporated pictures and diagrams in her book. A decent book–very well allson, 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.

Black Hair especially is incredibly political – if you are interested a good starting point is the film, Good Hair. Lurie’s first novel was “Love and Friendship” and its characters were modeled on friends and colleagues.

Arrived promptly in good condition as described. It’s humorous and very well written.

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She provides fascinating insights into how changing sex roles, political upheavals, and class structure have influenced costume. The politics of clothes and hair in the 21st Century is ripe for addressing.

If you don’t have a copy I cannot recommend it enough. Please try again later. 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,’.


Teresa Russell rated it it was amazing Jun 25, Clothing as a Sign System. Oct 21, Lisa Houlihan added it Shelves: An analysis of the hidden language of fashion details the range of possible messages–including sex, age, class, occupation, origin, personality, tastes, sexual desires, and current mood. Alison Lurie, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, is our savvy guide and interpreter on this tour through the history of fashion.

Amazon Business Service for business customers. What wonderful serendipity – I bought this in a charity shop years ago for my general shelf. Sadie Marie rated it really liked it Feb 20, Refresh and try again.

The Language of Clothes by Alison Lurie

The best part of this book was in the introduction, which summarizes what the author will write about for the next pages. Cultural Studies in Fashion. This was an intriguing book Ellen rated it really liked it Jan 06, Meg rated it it was ok Sep clohtes, There’s a problem loading this menu at the moment.

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The best chapters are about how clothes communicate gender and sexual panguage. Inshe was awarded a two-year term as the official author of the state of New York.