Clothes... and other things that matter (Hardback)
  • Clothes... and other things that matter (Hardback)
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Clothes... and other things that matter (Hardback)

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Published: 23/04/2020
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In this enticing mix of memoir, fashion history and social commentary, Alexandra Shulman explores the fascinating language of clothes and how we use the contents of our wardrobe to empower and transform ourselves. 

'Clothes... and other things that matter is a book not only about clothes but about the way we live our lives. From childhood onwards, the way we dress is a result of our personal history. In a mix of memoir, fashion history and social observation I am writing about the person our clothes allows us to be and sometimes the person they turn us into.' - Alexandra Shulman

In Clothes... and other things that matter, Alexandra Shulman delves into her own life to look at the emotions, ambitions, expectations and meanings behind the way we dress.

From the bra to the bikini, the trench coat to trainers, the slip dress to the suit, she explores their meaning in women's lives and how our wardrobes intersect with the larger world - the career ladder, motherhood, romance, sexual identity, ambition, failure, body image and celebrity.

By turns funny, refreshingly self-deprecating and often very moving, this startlingly honest memoir from the ex-Editor of British Vogue will encourage women of all ages to consider what their own clothes mean to them, the life they live in them and the stories they tell.

Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781788401982
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 467 g
Dimensions: 218 x 140 x 36 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Clothes is the perfect isolation read - clever, emotionally intelligent, revelling in style without making us yearn to shop - Hannah Betts, The Times

She has written about her clothes, and given us some scintillating reading. [...] hugely engaging memoir. - Emily Bearn, The Spectator

I really loved this book- it's warm, thought-provoking and honest. In the end, I had to ration myself because I didn't want to finish. In these frankly strange times it was wonderful and comforting. - Victoria Hislop

I loved this book. It's great company and a Corona comfort. Alexandra Shulman's style is unaffected, immediate and hilariously dry. She's brilliant at observing everyday feelings in a joy-sparking turn of phrase - but better still she has made me feel so much better about owning too many clothes. Instead of doing a ruthless edit I find myself curating my own private exhibition - inside my wardrobe hang not just clothes, not just stories but my own autobiography. - Helena Bonham Carter

Such a great read - so open and honest and funny. I devoured it in one sitting. - Kirsty Wark

A must-read memoir for even those beyond the fashion set. - Evening Standard

From the hat that went to the a Royal wedding to a life-changing bathrobe, Alexandra Shulman tells her life story in clothes ... in her hotly anticipated memoir. - You magazine

A life beyond Moss, mwahs and Manolo Blahniks - by the fashionista that really knows [...] a wry and candid part-memoir, part-fashion history, part-social commentary. - Mail on Sunday

Its jacket of bubblegum pink letters on grown-up navy certainly suggested to me that it might just be the perfect lockdown pick-me-up [...] among its pages, there are some lovely, resonant set pieces. - Book of the Week, Observer

Shulman can craft a good story and has an eye for great pictures [...] it will make perfect lockdown reading, an opportunity to shut out the real world and meander through the Arcadian years of fashion. - The Sunday Times

It's so wonderful, and has kept me beautiful, nostalgic, wry, clever company during this time. I love it. - Sophie Dahl

For those to whom clothes are a source of happiness this book is possibly the perfect lockdown pick-me-up. It is the chance to meander quietly through the golden years of fashion, accompanied by the one woman who has been there, done that and definitely worn the t-shirt. - A Little Bird

Self-deprecating and stylish, this is sure to become a classic. - Vanity Fair

One of the best books to look forward to in 2020 - 'a must-read memoir for even those beyond the fashion set.' - Evening Standard

One of 2020's best non-fiction books - 'In the funny and opinionated Clothes... and other things that matter, former Vogue UK editor Alexandra Shulman explores the meaning of clothes and how we wear them. From the little black dress to the white shirt and the bikini, she takes pieces of clothes and examines their role in her own life and the lives of women in general, touching on issues including sexual identity, motherhood, ambition, power and body image. A must-read for anyone, like Miranda Priestly, who knows that clothes might not maketh the woman, but they certainly help.' - Stylist

The book's relatability is one of its chief merits. So is its smart interrogation of what different clothes mean and why. - Financial Times

It is an enjoyably blunt, witty read from a woman who knows that clothes are not the only thing that matter - but who understands that they teach us a lot about pretty much everything else that does. - The i

An entertaining blend of fashion and personal anecdotes from the idiosyncratic former Vogue editor of 25 years. - The best summer reading, The Guardian

For the audiobook:Alexandra Shulman's Clothes...and Other Things That Matter - which she narrates herself - sheds a spotlight not only on her 25 years as editor-in-chief of British Vogue, but on the 556 pieces of clothing and accessories that fill her own wardrobe and the associations they yield. It's a far more moving book than that precis suggests, keying into exactly why certain outfits make us feel more like ourselves than others, to our own often uncertain relationships with our bodies, and to the memories that clothes unlock. There's also a terrific passage on why it is quite possible to be in possession of a staggering number of bras, and not like a single one of them. - Financial Times

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“Hugely enjoyable”

I loved this book even more than I expected to! Schulman gets the balance absolutely right between fashion, wit and memoir. She's a glorious writer with the ability now to step back and look at her life, both... More

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“This will delight anyone who has any interest at all in what they wear, what their friends and acquaintances wear and why fashions come and go.”

‘Clothes…and other things that matter’ will delight anyone who has any interest at all in what they wear, what their friends and acquaintances wear and why fashions come and go. Alexandra Shulman’s knowledgeable,... More

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“Amusing, open and honest musings from Vogue Editor”

I've read Alexandra's previous book Inside Vogue which i loved so great to see a new book. This is an autobiographical muse through her wardrobe and her experiences as Vogue editor, through the history of... More

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