Women in Clothes (Paperback)

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This smart and thought-provoking compilation takes a vast yet intimate
look at clothing and how we relate to it - how we choose to present
ourselves, how those choices are influenced by culture, economics,
politics and personal history - and how complex these decisions can be
(or feel.)
The many authors and interviewees range from Cambodian garment workers
to haute fashionistas.
Sometimes funny, often poignant, this is a fascinating book to be read
and mulled-over, then passed on to mothers, daughters, sisters,
girlfriends, friends, and some of the men in your life.

— Patty


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.

About the Author

SHEILA HETI is the author of five books, including the critically acclaimed How Should a Person Be? She writes regularly for the London Review of Books and is an editor and interviewer at The Believer magazine.HEIDI JULAVITS is the author of four novels, most recently The Vanishers, winner of the PEN/New England Fiction Award. She is a founding editor of The Believer and an associate professor at Columbia University.LEANNE SHAPTON is a Canadian illustrator, author, and publisher based in New York City. She is the author of Important Artifacts and Swimming Studies, winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780399166563
ISBN-10: 0399166564
Publisher: Blue Rider Press
Publication Date: September 4th, 2014
Pages: 528
Language: English