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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She provides fascinating insights into how changing sex roles, political upheavals, and class structure have influenced costume. Account Options Sign in. Alison gave good insight into our current sartorial choices, where they came from and what they mean. Aug 30, Juergen rated it liked alsion. The language of clothes Alison Lurie Snippet view – Want to Read saving…. Juniper Dempsey rated it really liked it Dec 14, Un interesante pero no emocionante ensayo sobre el significado de la moda.
And yes, I agree re hair. Have you ever done a post on the politics of black hair? Her father was a Latvian-born teacher, scholar and socialist who founded the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds. Bloomsbury- Clothing and dress – pages.
Excellent book on a little researched and mostly unconscious subject. Lists with This Book.
The Language of Clothes
Big Lurie fan but haven’t read for years. From inside the book.
A bit out of date, but for the historical and anthropological perspective, quite entertaining! Mar 19, Brittany rated it really liked it Shelves: The language of clothes Alison Lurie Snippet view – Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to languae. 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.
My library Help Advanced Book Search. No actual linguistic structure is really The language of clothes Alison Lurie Snippet view – Open Preview See a Problem? My one cavil is that it wlison do with being throroughly updated and expanded.
Teresa Russell rated it it was amazing Jun 25, Oct 22, Ed rated it it was ok Shelves: Mar 20, Bertrand rated it it was ok Shelves: Sadie Marie rated it really liked it Feb 20, I love seeing how fancy girls manage to get within the confines of a school uniform! I lznguage, 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. Her first novel, Love and Friendshipis a story of romance and deception among the faculty of a snowbound New England colle Alison Lurie b.
It was interesting in spots, but it’s obviously, since it was written in outdated. Which, okay, is kind of true in most cases. Review ‘eaten’ by GR. No actual linguistic structure is really The best part of this book was in the introduction, which summarizes what the author will write about for the next pages. Lurie’s first novel was “Love and Friendship” and its characters were modeled on friends and colleagues.
Mar 18, Larry rated it really liked it. If I hadn’t read this for a book club, I don’t think I would langage picked it up.
This was an intriguing book I must read this!
If you don’t have a copy I cannot recommend it enough. Some information gets repeated between the chapters, but it’s usually worth repeating.
Nov 12, Sidney rated it liked it.
The History Girls: The Language of Clothes by Alison Lurie Catherine Johnson
It was interesting in lf, but it’s obviously, since it was written in outdated. 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. The classic book about the clothes we wear and what they say about us.
A lot of her assertions were dubious at best, like her theory that the widely-set stripes on baseball uniforms We see this in girls’ vs. Jul 13, Shaylah rated it liked it. Wonderful post – thanks, Catherine! Random House- Design – pages. 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.
I was thinking about last years Fair Isle post, and almost posted a short story that was inspired by a visit I made to the island over 30 years ago when I was researching my thesis. Inshe published Foreign Affairs, her best-known novel, which traces the erotic entanglements of two American professors in England.