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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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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Language of Clothes by Alison Lurie. The classic book about the clothes we wear and what they say about us. 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.

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. 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. Alison Lurie, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, is our savvy guide and interpreter on this tour through the history of fashion.

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

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Be the first to ask a question about The Language of Clothes. Lists with This Book. Mar 20, Bertrand rated it it was ok Shelves: Review ‘eaten’ by GR. Un interesante pero no emocionante ensayo sobre el significado de la moda. May 15, Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

Clothing can tell the world a lot about how we wish to be seen and how we feel about ourselves. Mar 19, Brittany rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

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Oct 22, Viriam rated it it was amazing. Excellent book on a little researched and mostly unconscious luriie. Alison gave good insight into our current sartorial choices, where they came from and what they mean. Sep 05, Tracey rated o liked it Recommends it for: Lurie provides an examination of the psyche behind fashion trends, and how current events influence fashion, while those “in control” designers and the fashion business have less influence than they’d like.

She uses the analogy of vlothes in examining how we use clothing to communicate, both in history and modern day. 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 colthes behind fashion trends, and how current events influence fashion, while those “in control” designers and the fashion business have less influence than they’d like.

Unfortunately, as the book was published in”modern-day” does not lwnguage some of the more interesting fads of the ‘s, and perhaps dwells a bit too much on the ‘s. I was hoping for something similar to this in Health, Art and Reason: We see this in girls’ vs. She points out an exception: Some other observations I found worth noting: Some information gets repeated between the chapters, but it’s usually worth repeating.

She includes a fair number of illustrations, including a small color plate section, as well as source notes and a bibliography.

The Language of Clothes

Oct 21, Lisa Houlihan added it Shelves: So she might, if she could back away from the stereotypes. 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 a ladder rather than arraying them around a clock, say. This nonfiction book came out at about the same time — during Reagan’s first term — but it is dated in more egregious ways.

People come in more colors than blonde red and brunette. I didn’t learn anything factual I skimmed the second half and I didn’t like her judgments. Was it source material for Overdressed: May 07, Jenne rated it it was ok Shelves: It was interesting in spots, but it’s obviously, since it was written in outdated.

A lot of her assertions were dubious at best, like her theory that the widely-set stripes on baseball uniforms symbolize the long periods of inaction in the game. Also, a lot of it just seemed to be personal opinions, e. Which, okay, is kind of true in most cases. Oct 22, Ed rated it it was ok Shelves: 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.

Like many non-academic texts it has “source notes” instead of properly footnoted references. Mar 18, Larry rated it really liked it.

I though it was a pretty good account of why we wear what we wear and what it says about us. Definitely opened my eyes to a few things A bit dated thought that was my only criticism. Would love to hear what she has to say about exposed underwear and drooping beltless trousers. More than a little dated but an interesting and amusing read. I’ll feel terribly self-conscious when I dress tomorrow 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.

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Aug 30, Juergen rated it liked it. The best part of this book was in the introduction, which summarizes what the author will write about for the next pages. I found it a bit of a slog, and very dated. The author writes well enough, though the ‘facts’ as presented, feel much more in line with opinions.

If I hadn’t read this for a book club, I don’t think I would have picked it up.

Apr 06, Rae rated it liked it Shelves: We pay close attention to how other people dress and it is part of what we use to form a first impression of someone. This was an intriguing book Mar 09, Katrina Sark rated it it was ok. Nov 12, Sidney rated it liked it. Interesting but pretty obvious actually – very broad overview. Sep 19, Emmina rated it did not like it.

Jun 19, Andrea rated it really liked it.

A bit out of date, but for the historical and anthropological perspective, quite entertaining! Jul 13, Shaylah rated it liked it. Aug 05, Daniela rated it it was amazing. Sadie Marie rated it really liked it Feb 20, Annie rated it it was amazing Nov 03, Teresa Russell rated it it was amazing Jun 25, ElDoom rated it it was amazing Dec 31, Jun 08, David rated it liked it Shelves: Paris rated it it was ok Nov 18, Juniper Dempsey rated it really liked it Dec 14, Liz rated it llanguage liked it Feb 17, Ellen rated it really liked it Jan 06, Meg rated it it was ok Sep 09, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Her first novel, Love and Friendshipthr a story languagf romance and deception among the faculty of a snowbound New England colle Alison Lurie b. Her first novel, Love and Friendshipis a story of romance and deception among the faculty of a lamguage New England college.

It won favorable reviews and established her as a keen observer of love in academia. Inshe published Foreign Affairs, her best-known novel, which traces the erotic entanglements of two American professors in England.

It won the Pulitzer Prize in Her most recent novel lf The Last Resort