Dressed: A Philosophy of Clothes

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6.3 X 8.4 X 1.3 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Shahidha Bari 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.She lives in London.


"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."--Kathryn Hughes, The Guardian
"Bari (Keats and Philosophy), 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."--Publishers Weekly
"Dressed is the finest philosophy of clothes since Thomas Carlyle's Sartor Resartus in 1834. Bari's writing is limpidly clear, informed by a rich literary knowledge, theoretically and historically informed, sensuous and deeply textured, like a piece of luxurious fabric. It is also funny. But make no mistake: this is a work of philosophy. It just happens to be about clothes."--Simon Critchley, author of Tragedy, the Greeks, and Us and the Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy, The New School for Social Research
"Irresistible... I put Dressed down having been dazzled by Bari's learning and insights... In the end, Dressed is an argument for taking apparently frivolous things seriously."--Lucy Moore, The Literary Review
"Dressed is a feast of a book, a supreme example of the new kind of essay -- exploratory, reflective, full of Shahidha Bari's personal energy and her wide knowledge."--Marina Warner, author of Forms of Enchantment and The Leto Bundle
"Shahidha Bari's investigation in to how we construct our selves, individually and collectively, is a sensual and intellectual pleasure from start to finish."--Deborah Levy, author of The Cost of Living and The Man Who Saw Everything
"Entertaining and wide-ranging... In the prologue and introduction alone, Ms. Bari segues from the cheongsams worn by the lead actress in the Hong Kong film "In the Mood for Love" to van Gogh's paintings of his battered shoes to Madonna's jackets... Throughout Dressed are sharp-eyed observations, suitable for reading aloud, and astute analyses of art high and low.... A turbocharged and delightful romp."--Wall Street Journal