Friday Staff Pick: Women in Clothes

Women in Clothes

Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton


—Recommended by Layla and Vanessa, City Lights Books

Through original interviews, conversations, surveys, projects, diagrams and drawings from over six hundred contributors – including Miranda July, Cindy Sherman, Elif Batuman, Mac McClelland, Lena Dunham, Molly Ringwald, Tavi Gevinson, Rachel Kushner, Roxane Gay and Sarah Nicole Prickett – Women in Clothes explores the wide range of motives that inform how women present themselves through clothes, and what style really means.

“It is a riot of opinions from women of all backgrounds; women born as women and those not, women of different religions and none at all…It is about commonality without being common, authentic experience without touching on cliche…As a snapshot of a moment and a portrait of women today, Women in Clothes is a significant sign of the times.”
— The Irish Times

“Old and young women, fat and thin ones, bag ladies and Bergdorf bag ladies, we’re a pack, a pod, a gam, a herd—birds of a feather. And long before feminism made fashion a guilty pleasure, my first experience of the sisterhood among strangers took place in a communal dressing room. I had a version of that experience reading “Women in Clothes,” a communal dressing room in book form conceived and edited by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton. They gathered the testimony—fashion-related interviews, lists, memories, dreams, poems, secrets, diagrams, fantasies, comic riffs, and, in some cases, accounts of oppression—of more than six hundred women from around the globe, and distilled them to five hundred pages, an Augean labor.”
— The New Yorker

“A collaged, zine-like anthology…Women In Clothes is a welcome life raft in a sea of what can be, for many women, confusion and mixed messages about why to wear what, when and how to wear it—and more importantly, how to intuit and shape your own style.”
— The Rumpus


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