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Dressed: The Secret Life of Clothes

Dressed: The Secret Life of Clothes (Hardback)

By Bari, Shahidha

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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 o...f 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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ISBN 9781787331495
Released NZ 13 Jun 2019
Publisher Vintage
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781787331495
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Jonathan Cape Ltd
Released 13 Jun 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
Dewey Code 391
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