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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Thanks for telling us about luroe problem. No actual linguistic structure is really I though it was a pretty good account of why we wear what we wear and what it says about us. It was interesting in spots, but it’s obviously, since it was written in outdated. Mar 09, Katrina Sark rated it it was ok.

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We pay close attention to how other people dress and it is part of what we use to form a first impression of someone. She provides fascinating insights into how changing sex roles, political upheavals, and class structure have influenced costume. And yes, I agree re hair. She provides fascinating insights into how changing sex roles, political upheavals, and class flothes have influenced costume.


Jun 19, Andrea rated it really liked it. The language of clothes Alison Lurie Snippet view – Books by Alison Lurie. Have you ever done a post on the politics of black hair? To ask other readers questions about The Language of Clothesplease sign up. After finishing college, Lurie worked as an clothe assistant for Oxford University Press in New York, wanting to make a living as a writer. 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.

Black Hair especially is incredibly political – if you are interested a good starting point is the film, Good Hair. The Language of Clothes by Alison Lurie.

The Language of Clothes

It won the Pulitzer Prize in Oct 22, Viriam rated it it was amazing. I’ll feel terribly self-conscious when I dress tomorrow Return to Book Page.

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 psyche behind aoison trends, and how current events influence fashion, while those “in control” designers and the fashion business have less influence than they’d like.

Definitely opened my eyes to a few things Account Options Sign in. This langugae an intriguing book Some other observations I found worth noting: The language of clothes. Big Lurie fan but haven’t read for years.


After years of receiving rejection slips, she devoted herself to raising her children. Nightwear as street wear seems far more commonplace. So she might, if she could back away from the stereotypes.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. A bit dated thought that was my only criticism. Newer Post Older Post Home.

Her novel “The Truth About Lorin Jones” has a lot of insights into the art world and is very revealing of character through off, come to think of it so I can imagine her take on fashion would be fascinating. Posted by Catherine Johnson at She points out an exception: 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.

May 15, Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves: After years of receiving rejection slips, she devoted herself to raising her children. Which, okay, is kind of true in most cases. The Language of Clothes. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Aug 05, Daniela rated it it was amazing.