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Dressed: The Secret Life of Clothes

Dressed: The Secret Life of Clothes

Some of us love clothes. She asks us to look beyond superficial questions of fashion to explore what we mean by the garments we wear, and the ways that our clothes can, by turns, declare and deny who we are. By encouraging us to see that clothes matter, Shahidha Bari also forces ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781787331495
Barcode 9781787331495
Published 13 June 2019 by Vintage
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Bari, Shahidha
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ISBN-13 9781787331495
ISBN-10 1787331490
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publication Date 13 June 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Bari, Shahidha
Category Philosophy
Social & Political Philosophy
Costume, Clothes & Fashion
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 171mm
Height: 217mm
Spine: 38mm
Weight 934g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Clothing and dress - Social aspects
NBS Text History of Ideas & Popular Philosophy
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;General/trade
Dewey Code 391
Catalogue Code 984630

Description of this Book

Some of us love clothes. We collect them, clamour over them, and use them to express our identity and individuality. For others, clothes are a uniform that barely warrant a thought. But for all of us, clothes matter. They carry memory and meaning. They bear the invisible record of our internal lives as well as the chain of human hands that made them. Shahidha Bari reveals the secret language of our clothes. She asks us to look beyond superficial questions of fashion to explore what we mean by the garments we wear, and the ways that our clothes can, by turns, declare and deny who we are. By encouraging us to see that clothes matter, Shahidha Bari also forces us to rethink our relationship to dress for a more sustainable future. Ranging freely through literature, art, history and philosophy, Dressed tracks the hidden place of clothes in our culture and our everyday lives. From the depredations of violence and ageing to our longing for freedom, love and privacy, from the objectification of women to the crisis of masculinity, each garment exposes a fresh dilemma. Item by item, the story of ourselves unravels. Dressed is not a book about clothes as fashion objects or as a means of self-expression. At its heart, it is a book about the bigger philosophical questions of who we are, and how we see ourselves and our place in the world.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A fascinating cultural exploration of the layers of meaning inherent in the ways we dress ourselves, from Madonna's denim jacket and the paintings of Titian to Cary Grant's tailoring. If you think choosing what to wear is essentially a trivial activity, read this and you'll soon clothe your thoughts entirely differently. * Bookseller, Editor's Choice *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Shahidha Bari is a writer, academic and broadcaster working in the fields of literature, philosophy and art. Born in 1980, she studied at Cambridge and Cornell. She was one of the first ever BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers (2011) and a winner of the Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism (2015). She teaches cultural theory at the University of London and is a Fellow of the Forum for Philosophy at the LSE. She writes for the Financial Times, Guardian and Frieze among other newspapers and journals. She features frequently on BBC Radio 4, and presents BBC Radio 3's Arts and Ideas programme Free Thinking. She lives in London.

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