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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And yes, I agree re hair. The language of clothes Alison Lurie Snippet view – This was an intriguing book I knew teh many little girls desperate to wear trousers AND dresses at primary school in East London in the 90s.

These days there are far fewer clothes ‘tribes’. Oct 21, Lisa Houlihan added it Shelves: Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

Hope that helps xc. 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. Open Preview See a Problem? A bit out of date, but for the historical and anthropological perspective, quite entertaining!


Clothing as a Sign System. Annie rated it it was amazing Nov 03, Lurie had taught at Cornell University sincebecoming a full professor in specializing in folklore and children’s literature. No actual linguistic structure is really Apr 06, Rae rated it liked it Shelves: A lot of her assertions were dubious at best, like her theory that the widely-set stripes on baseball uniforms Inshe published Foreign Affairs, her best-known novel, which traces the erotic entanglements of two American professors in England.

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The Language of Clothes

Her first novel, Love and Friendship langguage, is a story of romance and deception among the faculty of a snowbound New England colle Alison Lurie b. But it really has to be said that fashion is always political, and women have used dress to express themselves sometimes when it was the only avenue open to them.

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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 Language of Clothes.


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. It languuage interesting in spots, but it’s obviously, since it was written in outdated.

The History Girls: The Language of Clothes by Alison Lurie Catherine Johnson

Hip in a Hijab http: Like many non-academic texts it has “source notes” panguage of properly footnoted references. Excellent book on a little researched and mostly unconscious subject.

I didn’t learn anything factual I skimmed the second half and I didn’t like her judgments. Return to Book Page. Want to Lurje Currently Reading Read. My library Help Advanced Book Search. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I love seeing how fancy girls manage to get within the confines of a school uniform!