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Acumen, 2008 - Philosophy - 134 pages
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Quatrième de couverture : "As followers of fashion, are we innovators of the future or one of the herd? By wearing mass-produced clothes, do we become mass-produced people? Are clothes doing a different thing when they are worn by women than when worn by men? And what happens when we get it wrong? Drawing on literature, visual art, philosophy and history, Harvey explores these and many other issues to discover that the matter of clothes is not as straightforward as we may think. As well as being objects of beauty and affection, clothes, it seems, have their dark side, as symbols of status, as weapons of class war and as disguises for who we really are." "An entertaining mix of personal opinion and enlightened reflection, Clothes explores the values that clothes have for us and how they help make us the men and women we are. For anyone who has ever wondered how they could have got it so wrong it is captivating reading."

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User Review  - Lauren G - Goodreads

i browsed this, and frankly felt like i could have written it. i think i will do my own version. some interesting points going into our relationship to clothes and how our presentation affects our psyche, but really....not as well written as i had hoped. Read full review


fashion and freedom
What shall I wear who shall I be?
Clothes and the body within the clothes

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John Harvey is reader in literature and visual culture at the University of Cambridge.

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