Fear and Clothing

Fear and Clothing

Unbuckling American Style

Book - 2015 | First edition
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As the former New York Times Critical Shopper, and voted one of Fashionista's 50 Most Influential People in New York Fashion, Cintra Wilson knows something about clothes. And in Fear and Clothing, she imparts her no-holds-barred, totally outrageous, astute, and hilarious wisdom to the reader. 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, Wilson 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 mind, Wilson 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--Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780393081893
Branch Call Number: 391.0097 WILSON
Characteristics: ix, 321 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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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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