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Clothes... and other things that matter (Paperback)Alexandra Shulman (author)
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
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 320 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 30 mm
'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
'Clothes is the perfect isolation read – clever, emotionally intelligent, revelling in style without making us yearn to shop.' - Hannah Betts, The Times
'Self-deprecating and stylish, this is sure to become a classic.' - Vanity Fair
'She has written about her clothes and given us some scintillating reading… a hugely engaging memoir.' - Emily Bearn, The Spectator
'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, The 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
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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
“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
“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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