4. Dressed: The Secret Life of Clothes by Shahidha Bari
What’s it about? In a series of poetic meditations, Shahidha Bari seeks to better understand the relationships we form with the clothes we wear. From the dress that promises everlasting adoration to the worn-out coat that rigidly holds the shape of its owner, Dressed explores the myriad ways garments shine a light on the life of the wearer. Concerned more with how clothes influence our experience of the world than with high fashion, this book is perfect for anyone who cherishes the art of dressing up, just as much as it is for those for which clothing simply fulfils a function. Weaving in and out of modern culture, from Madonna’s fluorescent jackets to Patrick Bateman’s designer suits, this is contemporary philosophy at its best.
My favourite quote. "Perhaps there is no garment equal to who we are, no fold, no cut, no gaze, no look that could have the measure of this. But the challenge of dress is only to seek out the truths of the body, its variegated surfaces and sensations, the brute fact of biology and the infinitely different ways we experience it – this body which we cannot escape and which we clothe to meet the world."
My three word review. Thought-provoking, original, captivating.
Sophie, audience team