Dressed to Kill: Sex, Power & Clothes by Colin McDowell

Dressed to Kill: Sex, Power & Clothes by Colin McDowell newly listed for sale on the fantastic BookLovers of Bath web site!Hutchinson, 1992, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: Clothes talk often more clearly than words. And like words, they often have a hidden meaning. Clothes provide a smoke screen as well as a declaration. We use them to give us confidence, hide our inadequacies and project our image. We can get away with murder as long as we are dressed for the part. A judge, secure in gown and wig, can make pronouncements that would he laughed out of court were he wearing a T-shirt and shorts.

Clothes perpetuate power, from military uniforms to city suits. They accentuate sexual stereotypes, from Nell Gwynne to Madonna. But they can also he used to smash the stereotype men now wear earrings and feminine colours; women are at ease in leather jackets and Doc Martens. Designer labels and logos define status and aspiration but anti-fashion is an increasingly potent street influence. Clothes are the outward show of our innermost attitudes.

In this trailblazing and uncompromising hook, Colin McDowell takes a provocative and radical look at the tyrannies and taboos of fashion, and shows how others see us and how we see ourselves.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper.

Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Index. 10¾” x 7¾”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I tempt with you something from here?

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