Dress code : unlocking fashion from the new look to millennial pink

by Hyland, Véronique,

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A New Yorker Magazine Best Book of 2022 * An Esquire Best Nonfiction Book of 2022 * A Town & Country Must-Read Book of 2022 * A Fashionista Summer Read

"Smart, funny, and impressively thorough."--The Cut

In the spirit of works by Jia Tolentino and Anne Helen Peterson, a smart and incisive essay collection centered on the fashion industry--its history, its importance, why we wear what we wear, and why it matters--from Elle Magazine's fashion features director.

Why does fashion hold so much power over us Most of us care about how we dress and how we present ourselves. Style offers clues about everything from class to which in-group we belong to. Bad Feminist for fashion, Dress Code takes aim at the institutions within the fashion industry while reminding us of the importance of dress and what it means for self-presentation. Everything--from societal changes to the progress (or lack thereof) of women's rights to the hidden motivations behind what we choose to wear to align ourselves with a particular social group--can be tracked through clothing.

Veronique Hyland examines thought-provoking questions such as: Why has the "French girl" persisted as our most undying archetype What does "dressing for yourself" really mean for a woman How should a female politician dress Will gender-differentiated fashion go forever out of style How has social media affected and warped our sense of self-presentation, and how are we styling ourselves expressly for it

Not everyone participates in painting, literature, or film. But there is no "opting out" of fashion. And yet, fashion is still seen as superficial and trivial, and only the finest of couture is considered as art. Hyland argues that fashion is a key that unlocks questions of power, sexuality, and class, taps into history, and sends signals to the world around us. Clothes means something--even if you're "just" wearing jeans and a T-shirt.

part I. Underpinnings : why we wear what we wear: Think pink ; The kids are alright ; The "French girl" industrial complex ; Patagonia on Bedford Avenue ; Caviar on a potato chip
part II. The top layer : fashion and the wider world: Déjà hue ; Who is she? ; Why can't I be you? ; Trial by fashion
part III. High heels : dressing up for the patriarchy: Gaze of our lives ; The revolution will be spandex-clad ; Politics and fashion : we can't win
part IV. Moon boots and jumpsuits : the future of fashion: Dress for the job you want : the tyranny of the uniform ; Basic instinct : why we're all starting to dress the same ; The couture body

Additional Information
Subjects Fashion -- Social aspects.
Fashion -- History -- 21st century.
Fashion design -- Social aspects.
Fashion design -- History -- 21st century.
Clothing and dress -- Social aspects.
Clothing and dress -- History -- 21st century.
Clothing trade -- Social aspects.
Clothing trade -- History -- 21st century.
Publisher New York :Harper Perennial,2022
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Dress code
Language English
Description xii, 268 pages ; 21 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-268).
ISBN 9780063050839
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