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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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Account Options Sign in. Corsets, heels, how we wear our hair, how much we reveal about ourselves, or how much we hide. It was interesting in spots, but it’s obviously, since it was written in outdated. Un interesante pero no emocionante ensayo sobre el significado de la moda. Big Lurie fan but haven’t read for years. Thanks for comments – I’ve been away all week and haven’t got back to this. I was hoping for something similar to this in Health, Art and Reason: Unfortunately, as the book was published in”modern-day” does languuage 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 fashion trends, and how current events influence fashion, while those “in control” designers and the fashion business have less influence than they’d like.

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No actual linguistic structure is really Clothing can cothes the world a lot about how we wish to be seen and how we feel about ourselves. These days there are far fewer clothes ‘tribes’. If I hadn’t read this for a book club, I don’t think I would have picked it up.


And I couldn’t have done my thesis without Alison Lurie’s wonderful book. No actual linguistic structure is really To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Like many non-academic texts it has “source notes” instead of properly footnoted references. This was an intriguing book Thanks for telling us about the problem. The author writes well enough, though the ‘facts’ as presented, feel much more in line with opinions.

Open Preview See a Problem? Have you ever done a post on the politics of black hair? Inshe published Foreign Affairs, her best-known novel, which traces the erotic entanglements of two American professors in England.

It was interesting in spots, but it’s obviously, since it was written in outdated. I’m a huge fan of Alison Lurie’s fiction and her non fiction book on children’s literature is interesting too but somehow I’ve never come across this one.

Annie rated it it was amazing Nov 03, Lists with This Book.

I though it was a pretty good account of why we wear what we wear and what it says about us. Apr 06, Rae rated it liked it Shelves: Nov 12, Sidney rated it liked it.

Alison gave good insight into our current sartorial choices, where they came from and what they mean. Alison Lurie, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, is our savvy guide and interpreter on this tour through the history of fashion. Oct 22, Ed rated it it was ok Shelves: It was interesting in spots, but it’s obviously, since it was written in outdated.

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


The Language of Clothes

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Oct 21, Lisa Houlihan added it Shelves: Jul 13, Shaylah rated it liked it. The presenter interviewed London girls from two schools I know well, Central Foundation in Bow and The Mulberry lajguage Whitechapel and addressed, amongst other things the current fashion for enormous headscarves, one girl referred to this as ‘like a beehive only with scarves,’.

After years of receiving rejection slips, she devoted herself to raising her children. Words in a Day I don’t thin it’s the book for you, she looks at meaning ailson than a epoch by epoch description.

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.

We pay close attention to how others dress, as well; though we may not be able to put our observations into words, we unconsciously register the information, so that when we meet and converse we have already spoken in a universal language.

She provides fascinating insights into how changing sex roles, political upheavals, and class structure have influenced costume. Be the first to ask a question about The Language of Clothes. Her first novel, Love and Friendshipis a story of romance and languagr among the faculty of a snowbound New England college.