Dressed: A Philosophy of Clothes

Category: Book
By (author): Bari, Shahidha
Subject:  ART / Criticism & Theory
  ART / Design / General
  DESIGN / Fashion & Accessories
  HISTORY / Women
  PHILOSOPHY / Aesthetics
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Basic Books
Published: March 2020
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 352
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From The Publisher*<div><b>Perfect for readers of <i>Women in Clothes</i>, this beautifully designed philosophical guide to fashion explores art, literature, and film to uncover the hidden meaning of a well-chosen wardrobe.</b></div><br><div>We all get dressed. But how often do we pause to think about what our clothes say? When we dress ourselves, we are presenting to the world an essence of who we are, who we want to be.<br><br><i>Dressed</i> ranges freely from suits to suitcases, from Marx's coat to Madame X's gown. Through art and literature, film and philosophy, philosopher Shahidha Bari unveils the surprising personal implications of what we choose to wear. The impeccable cut of Cary Grant's suit projects masculine confidence, just as Madonna's oversized denim jacket and her armful of orange bangles loudly announces big ambition. How others dress tells us something fundamental about them -- we can better understand how people live and what they think through their garments. Clothes tell our stories.<br><br><i>Dressed</i> is the thinking person's fashion book. In baring the hidden power of clothes in our culture and our daily lives, Bari reveals how our outfits not only cover our bodies but also reflect our minds.<br><br><div><div><div id="_com_2" language="JavaScript"> <!--[if !supportAnnotations]--></div> <!--[endif]--></div> </div> </div>
Review Quote*"Bari (<i>Keats and Philosophy</i>), a professor at the London College of Fashion, skillfully deconstructs the language of clothes in this philosophical examination of the items people wear...Devoted fashion students will eagerly eat up every word of Bari's well-researched and passionate work."-<b><i><b><i>Publishers Weekly</i></b></b></i>
Biographical Note<b>Shahidha Bari</b> is Professor of Fashion Cultures and Histories at the London College of Fashion and fellow of the Forum for European Philosophy at LSE. She was one of the first ever BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers, in 2011, and won the Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism in 2015.<i> </i>She lives in London.
Review Quote*"Irresistible... I put <i>Dressed</i> down having been dazzled by Bari's learning and insights... In the end, <i>Dressed</i> is an argument for taking apparently frivolous things seriously."-<b>Lucy Moore</b>, <b><i><i><b>The Literary Review</b></i></b></i>
Review Quote*"Clever, subtle... Although [Bari's] writing is critically informed -- Foucault, Deleuze, Cixous and Irigaray all rock up here to chat about schmutter -- her tone is insistently personal, intimate."-<b>Kathryn Hughes</b>, <b><i><i><b>The Guardian</b></i></b></i>