The language of clothes

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Random House, 1981 - Design - 272 pages
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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, origin, personality, opinions, and tastes. We pay close attention to how others dress, as well; though we may not be able to put our observations into words, we unconsciously register the information, so that when we meet and converse we have already spoken in a universal language.

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User Review  - Katrina Sark - Goodreads

"The sartorial vocabulary of some people is very limited. A sharecropper, for instance, may be limited to five or ten “words” or garments, for which it is possible to create only a few “sentences” or costumes, expressing only the most basic concepts." (p.5) Read full review

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User Review  - Larry - Goodreads

I though it was a pretty good account of why we wear what we wear and what it says about us. Definitely opened my eyes to a few things...especially why we are so label conscious these days with huge ... Read full review

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Alison Lurie, 1926 - Novelist Alison Lurie was born September 3, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois to Harry and Bernice Stewart Lurie. Her father was a Latvian-born teacher, scholar and socialist who founded the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds. She received an A.B. from Radcliffe College in 1947. Lurie was married to Jonathan Bishop for 37 years and had three sons, and then married Edward Hower, a novelist and professor. After finishing college, Lurie worked as an editorial assistant for Oxford University Press in New York, wanting to make a living as a writer. After years of receiving rejection slips, she devoted herself to raising her children. Lurie had taught at Cornell University since 1968, becoming a full professor in 1976 specializing in folklore and children's literature. Lurie's first novel was "Love and Friendship" (1962) and its characters were modeled on friends and colleagues. Afterwards, she published "The Nowhere City" (1965), "Imaginary Friends" (1967), "The War Between the Tates" (1974), which tells of the collapse of a perfect marriage between a professor and his wife, "Only Children" (1979), and "The Truth About Lorin Jones" (1988). "Foreign Affairs" (1984) won the Pulitzer Prize and tells the story of two academics in England that learn more about love than scholarship.

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