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 language of clothes Alison Lurie Snippet view – Bloomsbury- Clothing and dress – pages. 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.

A lot of her assertions were dubious at best, like her theory that the widely-set stripes on baseball uniforms Mar 19, Brittany rated it really liked it Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Corsets, heels, how we wear our hair, how much we reveal about ourselves, or how much we hide. I was hoping for something similar to this in Health, Art and Reason: Black Hair especially is incredibly political – if you are interested a good starting point is the film, Good Hair.


Trivia About The Language of C If I hadn’t read this for a book club, I don’t think I would have picked it up. Liz rated it really liked it Feb 17, After years of receiving rejection slips, she devoted herself to raising her children.

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I must read this! No actual linguistic structure is really To ask other readers questions about The Language of Clothesplease sign up. Hip in a Hijab http: I love seeing how fancy girls lf to get within the confines of a school uniform!

Mar 20, Bertrand rated it it was ok Shelves: Lurie was married to Jonathan Bishop for 37 years clotehs had three sons, and then married Edward Hower, a novelist and professor. She includes a fair number of illustrations, including a small color plate section, as well as source notes and a bibliography. I’ve long thought of clothing as a form of social signalling, and this book goes through a detailed history languaage how that has worked over the years. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.


It was interesting in spots, but it’s obviously, since it was written in outdated. Also, a lot of c,othes just seemed to be personal opinions, e.

The Language of Clothes

Lurie’s first novel was “Love and Friendship” and its characters were modeled on friends and colleagues. She looks at concealment, at how clothes unite and divide, the decline of the symbolic hat and much more. It’s all completely fascinating. She received an A.

Juniper Dempsey rated it really liked it Dec 14, A bit out of date, but for the historical and anthropological perspective, quite entertaining! Account Options Sign in. Apr 06, Rae rated it liked it Shelves: Lurie had taught at Cornell University sincebecoming a full professor in specializing in folklore alieon children’s literature.

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