Women in Clothes

Author: Sheila Heti,Heidi Julavits,Leanne Shapton

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698189825

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 528

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Women in Clothes is a book unlike any other. It is essentially a conversation among hundreds of women of all nationalities—famous, anonymous, religious, secular, married, single, young, old—on the subject of clothing, and how the garments we put on every day define and shape our lives. It began with a survey. The editors composed a list of more than fifty questions designed to prompt women to think more deeply about their personal style. Writers, activists, and artists including Cindy Sherman, Kim Gordon, Kalpona Akter, Sarah Nicole Prickett, Tavi Gevinson, Miranda July, Roxane Gay, Lena Dunham, and Molly Ringwald answered these questions with photographs, interviews, personal testimonies, and illustrations. Even our most basic clothing choices can give us confidence, show the connection between our appearance and our habits of mind, express our values and our politics, bond us with our friends, or function as armor or disguise. They are the tools we use to reinvent ourselves and to transform how others see us. Women in Clothes embraces the complexity of women’s style decisions, revealing the sometimes funny, sometimes strange, always thoughtful impulses that influence our daily ritual of getting dressed.

Women in Clothes

Author: Sheila Heti,Heidi Julavits,Leanne Shapton

Publisher: Blue Rider Press

ISBN: 9780399166563

Category: Design

Page: 528

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Collects essays, interviews, photographs, and other contributions inspired by surveys asking women of different backgrounds from throughout the world about clothing, fashion, personal appearance, and what they mean to each individual.

Women in Clothes

Why We Wear What We Wear

Author: Heidi Julavits,Leanne Shapton,Sheila Heti

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141977000

Category: Design

Page: 256

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Women in Clothes is a book unlike any you have seen before. Part collective memoir, part field study, it incorporates the view from hundreds of women of all nationalities - famous, anonymous, married, single, young and old - of our clothing, and how the garments we put on define and shape us. Featuring interviews, essays, photographs, and illustrations from writers, artists, and cognoscenti, Women in Clothes is an exploration of the power of women's daily choices, bringing humour and depth to the attention we pay to clothes, and plumbing aspects of body image and self-esteem so integral to what women wear.

Motherhood

A Novel

Author: Sheila Heti

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 1627790780

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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From the author of How Should a Person Be? (“one of the most talked-about books of the year”—Time Magazine) and the New York Times Bestseller Women in Clothes comes a daring novel about whether to have children. In Motherhood, Sheila Heti asks what is gained and what is lost when a woman becomes a mother, treating the most consequential decision of early adulthood with the candor, originality, and humor that have won Heti international acclaim and made How Should A Person Be? required reading for a generation. In her late thirties, when her friends are asking when they will become mothers, the narrator of Heti’s intimate and urgent novel considers whether she will do so at all. In a narrative spanning several years, casting among the influence of her peers, partner, and her duties to her forbearers, she struggles to make a wise and moral choice. After seeking guidance from philosophy, her body, mysticism, and chance, she discovers her answer much closer to home. Motherhood is a courageous, keenly felt, and starkly original novel that will surely spark lively conversations about womanhood, parenthood, and about how—and for whom—to live.

Worn Stories

Author: Emily Spivack

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1616893605

Category: Design

Page: N.A

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Everyone has a memoir in miniature in at least one piece of clothing. In Worn Stories, Emily Spivack has collected over sixty of these clothing-inspired narratives from cultural figures and talented storytellers. First-person accounts range from the everyday to the extraordinary, such as artist Marina Abramovic on the boots she wore to walk the Great Wall of China; musician Rosanne Cash on the purple shirt that belonged to her father; and fashion designer Cynthia Rowley on the Girl Scout sash that informed her business acumen. Other contributors include Greta Gerwig, Heidi Julavits, John Hodgman, Brandi Chastain, Marcus Samuelsson, Piper Kerman, Maira Kalman, Sasha Frere-Jones, Simon Doonan, Albert Maysles, Susan Orlean, Andy Spade, Paola Antonelli, David Carr, Andrew Kuo, and more. By turns funny, tragic, poignant, and celebratory, Worn Stories offers a revealing look at the clothes that protect us, serve as a uniform, assert our identity, or bring back the past—clothes that are encoded with the stories of our lives.

How to Get Dressed

A Costume Designer's Secrets for Making Your Clothes Look, Fit, and Feel Amazing

Author: Alison Freer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1607747065

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 256

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An ingenious book of simple wardrobe solutions, clever tools, and straightforward advice from a Hollywood costume designer. A costume designer's styling kit is a magical bag of tricks, built to solve every single wardrobe malfunction on earth. TV and film productions wait for nothing, so a costume designer's solutions have to work—and work fast. How to Get Dressed is a fun, empowering style guide for women that focuses on making the most of your wardrobe. Costume designer and XOJane fashion columnist Alison Freer provides real-world, no-BS style advice that covers everything a girl could need to know: from determining if your clothes are fitting properly to how to care for, maintain, and keep your garments organized—plus what to do when the inevitable fashion disaster strikes. Full of hundreds of insider tricks from Freer's endless arsenal of tools and expertise, How to Get Dressed teaches you to rethink your wardrobe like a fashion expert—and proves once and for all that you don't need to spend a ton of money to always look your best. You just need to use the tricks the pros do!

The Vanishers

Author: Heidi Julavits

Publisher: Anchor Books

ISBN: 0307387364

Category: Fiction

Page: 284

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A power struggle between a leading student at an elite institute for psychics and her jealous legendary mentor culminates in the student being forced to relive her mother's suicide during a brutal psychic attack that relegates her to a faceless job, from which she is recruited to track down a missing controversial artist. By the author of The Uses of Enchantment.

Women, Work, and Clothes in the Eighteenth-Century Novel

Author: Chloe Wigston Smith

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107276756

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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This groundbreaking study examines the vexed and unstable relations between the eighteenth-century novel and the material world. Rather than exploring dress's transformative potential, it charts the novel's vibrant engagement with ordinary clothes in its bid to establish new ways of articulating identity and market itself as a durable genre. In a world in which print culture and textile manufacturing traded technologies, and paper was made of rags, the novel, by contrast, resisted the rhetorical and aesthetic links between dress and expression, style and sentiment. Chloe Wigston Smith shows how fiction exploited women's work with clothing - through stealing, sex work, service, stitching, and the stage - in order to revise and reshape material culture within its pages. Her book explores a diverse group of authors, including Jane Barker, Jonathan Swift, Daniel Defoe, Eliza Haywood, Samuel Richardson, Henry Fielding, Charlotte Lennox, John Cleland, Frances Burney and Mary Robinson.

Fashion and Its Social Agendas

Class, Gender, and Identity in Clothing

Author: Diana Crane

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226924831

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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It has long been said that clothes make the man (or woman), but is it still true today? If so, how has the information clothes convey changed over the years? Using a wide range of historical and contemporary materials, Diana Crane demonstrates how the social significance of clothing has been transformed. Crane compares nineteenth-century societies—France and the United States—where social class was the most salient aspect of social identity signified in clothing with late twentieth-century America, where lifestyle, gender, sexual orientation, age, and ethnicity are more meaningful to individuals in constructing their wardrobes. Today, clothes worn at work signify social class, but leisure clothes convey meanings ranging from trite to political. In today's multicode societies, clothes inhibit as well as facilitate communication between highly fragmented social groups. Crane extends her comparison by showing how nineteenth-century French designers created fashions that suited lifestyles of Paris elites but that were also widely adopted outside France. By contrast, today's designers operate in a global marketplace, shaped by television, film, and popular music. No longer confined to elites, trendsetters are drawn from many social groups, and most trends have short trajectories. To assess the impact of fashion on women, Crane uses voices of college-aged and middle-aged women who took part in focus groups. These discussions yield fascinating information about women's perceptions of female identity and sexuality in the fashion industry. An absorbing work, Fashion and Its Social Agendas stands out as a critical study of gender, fashion, and consumer culture. "Why do people dress the way they do? How does clothing contribute to a person's identity as a man or woman, as a white-collar professional or blue-collar worker, as a preppie, yuppie, or nerd? How is it that dress no longer denotes social class so much as lifestyle? . . . Intelligent and informative, [this] book proposes thoughtful answers to some of these questions."-Library Journal

Nobel Prize Women in Science:

Their Lives, Struggles, and Momentous Discoveries, Second Edition

Author: Sharon Bertsch McGrayne

Publisher: Joseph Henry Press

ISBN: 0309072700

Category: Science

Page: 464

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Since 1901 there have been over three hundred recipients of the Nobel Prize in the sciences. Only ten of them -- about 3 percent -- have been women. Why? In this updated version of Nobel Prize Women in Science, Sharon Bertsch McGrayne explores the reasons for this astonishing disparity by examining the lives and achievements of fifteen women scientists who either won a Nobel Prize or played a crucial role in a Nobel Prize - winning project. The book reveals the relentless discrimination these women faced both as students and as researchers. Their success was due to the fact that they were passionately in love with science. The book begins with Marie Curie, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in physics. Readers are then introduced to Christiane Nusslein-Volhard, Emmy Noether, Lise Meitner, Barbara McClintock, Chien-Shiung Wu, and Rosalind Franklin. These and other remarkable women portrayed here struggled against gender discrimination, raised families, and became political and religious leaders. They were mountain climbers, musicians, seamstresses, and gourmet cooks. Above all, they were strong, joyful women in love with discovery. Nobel Prize Women in Science is a startling and revealing look into the history of science and the critical and inspiring role that women have played in the drama of scientific progress.

Women's Work

The First 20,000 Years : Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times

Author: E. J. W. Barber

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393313482

Category: Social Science

Page: 334

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Drawing on the latest archaeological and technological research, this intriguing study of women's history explores the relationship between the development of the fiber arts and women's roles in society.

Swimming Studies

Author: Leanne Shapton

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101584939

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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Winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award, Autobiography Swimming Studies is a brilliantly original, meditative memoir that explores the worlds of competitive and recreational swimming. From her training for the Olympic trials as a teenager to enjoying pools and beaches around the world as an adult, Leanne Shapton offers a fascinating glimpse into the private, often solitary, realm of swimming. Her spare and elegant writing reveals an intimate narrative of suburban adolescence, spent underwater in a discipline that continues to inspire Shapton’s work as an artist and author. Her illustrations throughout the book offer an intuitive perspective on the landscapes and imagery of the sport. Shapton’s emphasis is on the smaller moments of athletic pursuit rather than its triumphs. For the accomplished athlete, aspiring amateur, or habitual practicer, this remarkable work of written and visual sketches propels the reader through a beautifully personal and universally appealing exercise in reflection.

Dress Like a Woman

Working Women and What They Wore

Author: Abrams Books,Vanessa Friedman,Roxane Gay

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 168335298X

Category: Photography

Page: 224

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At a time in which a woman can be a firefighter, surgeon, astronaut, military officer, athlete, judge, and more, what does it mean to dress like a woman? Dress Like a Woman turns that question on its head by sharing a myriad of interpretations across history. The book includes 300 incredible photographs that illustrate how women’s roles have changed over the last century. The women pictured in this book inhabit a fascinating intersection of gender, fashion, politics, culture, class, nationality, and race. There are some familiar faces, including trailblazers Amelia Earhart, Angela Davis, and Michelle Obama, but the majority of photographs are of ordinary working women from many backgrounds and professions. With essays by renowned fashion writer Vanessa Friedman and feminist writer Roxane Gay, Dress Like a Woman offers a comprehensive look at the role of gender and dress in the workplace.

All Our Happy Days Are Stupid

Author: Sheila Heti

Publisher: McSweeney's

ISBN: 1940450802

Category: Drama

Page: 128

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Two couples, each with a twelve-year-old child, travel to Paris; within a few moments of discovering each other in a crowd, one of their children disappears. A day later, one of the mothers disappears, too. The story that follows is a wonderfully strange, beautifully composed examination of happiness and desperation, complete with a man in a bear suit, a teen pop star, and eight really excellent songs. Sheila Heti’s debut play was first commissioned in 2001, for a feminist theater company that never ended up staging it. Its turbulent creation became the backdrop of Heti’s last novel, How Should a Person Be?, which was named a Best Book of the Year by the New York Times and the New Yorker—and now the play itself can be revealed at last. With new introductions by Sheila Heti and director Jordan Tannahill, All Our Happy Days Are Stupid offers a novel’s worth of wisdom and humor, of wild hope and dreamlike confrontations, and page after page of unforgettable lines. Seen until now only by a lucky few, its publication is a cause for celebration.

How Should a Person Be?

A Novel from Life

Author: Sheila Heti

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 1429943483

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Chosen as one of fifteen remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write in the 21st century by the book critics of The New York Times "Funny...odd, original, and nearly unclassifiable...unlike any novel I can think of."—David Haglund, The New York Times Book Review "Brutally honest and stylistically inventive, cerebral, and sexy."—San Francisco Chronicle Named a Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, Flavorpill, The New Republic, The New York Observer, The Huffington Post A raw, startling, genre-defying novel of friendship, sex, and love in the new millennium—a compulsive read that's like "spending a day with your new best friend" (Bookforum) Reeling from a failed marriage, Sheila, a twentysomething playwright, finds herself unsure of how to live and create. When Margaux, a talented painter and free spirit, and Israel, a sexy and depraved artist, enter her life, Sheila hopes that through close—sometimes too close—observation of her new friend, her new lover, and herself, she might regain her footing in art and life. Using transcribed conversations, real emails, plus heavy doses of fiction, the brilliant and always innovative Sheila Heti crafts a work that is part literary novel, part self-help manual, and part bawdy confessional. It's a totally shameless and dynamic exploration into the way we live now, which breathes fresh wisdom into the eternal questions: What is the sincerest way to love? What kind of person should you be?

Women in Science

50 Fearless Pioneers who Changed the World

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1607749769

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 127

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A charmingly illustrated gift book profiling 50 famous women scientists from the ancient Greek mathematician, philosopher, and astronomer, Hypatia, to Marie Curie, a physicist and chemist.

Making Vintage 1940s Clothes for Women

Author: Sarah Magill

Publisher: The Crowood Press

ISBN: 1785003119

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 128

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The 1940s were an iconic period of women's dress history, with the familiar square shoulders, crepe tea dresses and seamed stockings paired with red lips, victory curls and head scarves. This book explains the period's sewing techniques and makes a range of 1940s outfits to recreate the look of those vintage years. With detailed step-by-step instruction and over 300 photographs, it captures the style of the time and explains the impact of wartime austerity on the cut and construction of women's dress. Contents include: historical context and details of government regulations of the time; instructions and patterns for recreating a range of women's clothes, including blouses, skirts, slacks, shirt frocks, evening dress and tea dresses; key techniques such as transfering pattern markings, making darts, fastenings and finishing touches; examples of how to complete the look with hairstyles, make-up, shoes and accessories. This new book will help you recreate the clothes and the vintage style of the 1940s 'make do' years, and will be of particular interest to costume designers, fashion designers and students, dress historians, historic revival and reenactment participants and home dressmakers with a general interest in vintage dress. Superbly illustrated with 331 photographs and patterns.

All Day at the Movies

Author: Fiona Kidman

Publisher: Gallic Books

ISBN: 1910709387

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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The choices of the past echo through the generations in this moving New Zealand saga tracing the lives of the Sandle family, first encountered in Kidman’s Songs from the Violet Café When war widow Irene Sandle goes to work in New Zealand’s tobacco fields in 1952, she hopes to start a new, independent life for herself and her daughter – but the tragic repercussions of her decision will resonate long after Irene has gone. Each of Irene’s children carries the events of their childhood throughout their lives, played out against a backdrop of great change – new opportunities emerge for women, but social problems continue to hold many back. Headstrong Belinda becomes a successful filmmaker, but struggles to deal with her own family drama as her younger siblings are haunted by the past. A sweeping saga covering half a century, this is a powerful exploration of family ties and heartbreaks, and of learning to live with the past

When the Girls Came Out to Play

The Birth of American Sportswear

Author: Patricia Campbell Warner

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9781558495494

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 292

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Presenting a study of the evolution of American women's clothing, this book traces the history of modern sportswear as a universal style that broke down traditional gender roles. It shows that behind this development was a growing interest in sports that was nurtured by the establishment of schools of higher education for women.

Ticknor

A Novel

Author: Sheila Heti

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429935579

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

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"A small masterpiece" (National Post)-An utterly original first novel from a rising international star On a cold, rainy night, an aging bachelor named George Ticknor prepares to visit his childhood friend Prescott, now one of the leading intellectual lights of their generation. Reviewing a life of petty humiliations, and his friend's brilliant career, Ticknor sets out for the dinner party-a party at which he'd just as soon never arrive. Distantly inspired by the real-life friendship between the great historian William Hickling Prescott and his biographer, Ticknor is a witty, fantastical study in resentment. It recalls such modern masterpieces of obsession as Thomas Bernhard's The Loser and Nicholson Baker's The Mezzanine and announces the arrival of a charming and original novelist, one whose stories have already earned her a passionate international following. "A perceptive act of ventriloquism, [Ticknor] rewards thought and rereading, and offers a finely cadenced voice, intelligence and . . . moody beauty." -Catherine Bush, The Globe and Mail "Confoundedly strange [and] fascinating." -Nicholas Dinka, Quill & Quire