Fear and Clothing

Fear and Clothing

Unbuckling American Style

Book - 2015
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Wilson reports the findings of her "fashion road trip" across the United States, a journey that took three years and ranges across the various economic "belt regions" of America: the Cotton, Rust, Bible, Sun, Frost, Corn, and Gun Belts. Acting as a kind of fashion anthropologist, she documents and decodes the sartorial sensibilities of Americans across the country. Our fashion choices, she argues, contain a riot of visual cues that tell everyone instantly who we are, where we came from, where we feel we belong, what we want, where we are going, and how we expect to be treated when we get there. With this philosophy in hand, she tackles and unpacks the meaning behind the uniforms of Washington DC politicians and their wives, the costumes of Kentucky Derby spectators, the attractive draw of the cowboy hat in Wyoming, and what she terms the "stealth wealth" of distressed clothing in Brooklyn.In this smart and rollicking book, Wilson illustrates how every closet is a declaration of the owner's politics, sexuality, class, education, hopes, and dreams. With her signature wit and utterly irreverent humor, Wilson proves that, by donning our daily costume, we create our future selves, for good or ill. Indeed: your fate hangs in your closet. Dress wisely.
Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780393081893
Branch Call Number: 391.00973 WIL
Characteristics: 321 pages


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CRRL_MegRaymond Dec 21, 2017

What do our clothes say about us? What do our clothing choices say about our culture? Find out what this "Critical Shopper" thinks.

May 09, 2016

Brilliantly written. Someone compares her to David Foster Wallace and though he is incomparable, the comparison hints at the quality of the writing. Such an interesting look at America. I long for another non-fiction book by her.

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