Fear and Clothing: Unbuckling American Style Cintra Wilson

Fear and Clothing: Unbuckling American Style

Author: Cintra Wilson
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Book Title
Fear and Clothing: Unbuckling American Style
Author
Cintra Wilson
ISBN
9780393081893
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.Binding Type: HardcoverAuthor: Cintra WilsonPublisher: W. W. Norton & CompanyPublished: 09/08/2015ISBN: 9780393081893Pages: 336Weight: 1.35lbsSize: 9.50h x 6.60w x 1.30dReview Citations: Publishers Weekly 07/13/2015Kirkus Reviews 07/15/2015Library Journal 09/01/2015 pg. 100Booklist 09/15/2015 pg. 15New York Times Book Review 11/08/2015 pg. 50

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.



Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Cintra Wilson
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published: 09/08/2015
ISBN: 9780393081893
Pages: 336
Weight: 1.35lbs
Size: 9.50h x 6.60w x 1.30d

Review Citations: Publishers Weekly 07/13/2015
Kirkus Reviews 07/15/2015
Library Journal 09/01/2015 pg. 100
Booklist 09/15/2015 pg. 15
New York Times Book Review 11/08/2015 pg. 50

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.



Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Cintra Wilson
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published: 09/08/2015
ISBN: 9780393081893
Pages: 336
Weight: 1.35lbs
Size: 9.50h x 6.60w x 1.30d

Review Citations: Publishers Weekly 07/13/2015
Kirkus Reviews 07/15/2015
Library Journal 09/01/2015 pg. 100
Booklist 09/15/2015 pg. 15
New York Times Book Review 11/08/2015 pg. 50