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Publisher's Summary

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 50 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, Sasha Grey, 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, and 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 telling impulses that influence our daily ritual of getting dressed.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Fascinating, Unique

I am not that interested in fashion and this was still wildly interesting. What a fantastic concept to apply. Love the included pdf pictures, the questions on the survey, the stories. Through fashion, it ends up interrogating just about every aspect of embodiment in a comprehensive and eclectic way. Baffled by people who weren’t into it. Ranges from grief, love, style, motherhood, sisterhood, trans experiences, basically everything you can think of—and not exclusively western centric, even.

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  • rachel reichert
  • 2018-09-07

Loved this book!

Everyone should read this! Women: for a better understanding of ourselves & Men: for a better understanding of who women are. Thank you for such an open and honest read. 🙏

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  • Anne Marie
  • 2021-03-18

An all-time favorite

This was a fascinating book. I thought it was going to be about clothes, and it was. But it ended up being about so much more, really the women IN the clothes. I listened to the audiobook a few months ago and it's still making me think even now.