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Reviews

  • Fascinating . . . a good yarn . . . the joy of this history of clothing, which is eminently readable and meticulously researched, is its focus on people

    Paula Byrne, The Times
  • This riveting behind-the-scenes story of the clothes on our backs is a must-read for clotheshorses everywhere

    Harper's Bazaar
  • A terrific book especially for those who want to be informed about sustainable clothing. Knowing the history is fascinating.

    Alexandra Schulman
  • Richly evocative . . . One of the great pleasures of this panoramic history of getting dressed is Sofi Thanhauser's ability to spot moments like these where human desire and material culture collide

    Kathryn Hughes, Guardian
  • Knowledgeable, fascinating . . . explores the complex systems woven between the producers of cloth and its consumers . . . bulges at the seams with finely spun descriptions of the places and people she encounters

    Kassia St Clair, Economist
  • The story of what we wear is the story of who we are, and Worn offers a riveting, provocative, and eye-opening account. One cannot make sense of our modern world without this book

    Brian Christian, Author of The Most Human Human
  • Expansive . . . elegantly chronicling how textile production came to be defined by worker exploitation, misogyny, environmental devastation, and colonialism . . . Yet she also finds space to appreciate sartorial marvels and to celebrate the loom aficionados, "denimheads," and "wool enthusiasts" who aim for a more ethical, analog future

    New Yorker
  • Extraordinary . . . fascinating . . . a wonderful way into history, quite often through the voices of people who don't have a say in history

    Cerys Matthews
  • A masterpiece of investigative reporting and a riveting adventure story, Worn is both panoramic and richly particular. Thanhauser is the best of guides: humane, engaging, generous with historical anecdote and always able to reveal the telling detail. She shows how the cost of fashion far exceeds any retail price tag, and how the revival of venerable traditions might yet lead us to a sustainable future

    Geraldine Brooks, author of The Secret Chord
  • An incredibly well-reported account of how fashion, far from being trivial, has shaped human history

    Pippa Bailey, New Statesman

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