Women in Clothes

Women in Clothes

Book - 2014
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Women in Clothes is a book unlike any other. It is essentially a conversation among hundreds of women of all nationalities--famous, anonymous, religious, secular, married, single, young, old--on the subject of clothing, and how the garments we put on every day define and shape our lives.

It began with a survey. The editors composed a list of more than fifty questions designed to prompt women to think more deeply about their personal style. Writers, activists, and artists including Cindy Sherman, Kim Gordon, Kalpona Akter, Sarah Nicole Prickett, Tavi Gevinson, Miranda July, Roxane Gay, Lena Dunham, and Molly Ringwald answered these questions with photographs, interviews, personal testimonies, and illustrations.

Even our most basic clothing choices can give us confidence, show the connection between our appearance and our habits of mind, express our values and our politics, bond us with our friends, or function as armor or disguise. They are the tools we use to reinvent ourselves and to transform how others see us. Women in Clothes embraces the complexity of women's style decisions, revealing the sometimes funny, sometimes strange, always thoughtful impulses that influence our daily ritual of getting dressed.
Publisher: New York :, Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA),, 2014, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780399166563
Branch Call Number: 391. 2 WOM
Characteristics: 515 pages : illustrations (some colour), portraits (some colour) ; 23 cm


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May 12, 2019

Three female writers, including Sheila Heti, curate this original, well-illustrated, and clever book about, well, women and what they wear and why. They talk to hundreds of women; Kim Gordon, Lena Dunham, Heti are just a few of the names.

Jan 14, 2017

I found this endlessly fascinating. I am a female and seldom understand other women. This gave me some welcomed insight into the minds of the others. I can't usually dress how I like- since I've gotten older and physically damaged I feel like 'why bother' so the essay by the woman who seemed to have some physical differences-which she mentioned in passing-but who took much care to please herself with her clothes made me think about my own perspective a little differently. I should please myself. Which may seem obvious to many but although I accept the aging I'm not so old I expect to have deteriorated yet. Blah, blah- read this- information dense and represents most types of us. It would be great for the new young ones who don't have someone to guide them. Or just say "be you".

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