Dress Like A Woman

Dress Like A Woman

Working Women and What They Wore

eBook - 2018
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What does it mean to dress like a woman? The photographs in this book depict women-- both familiar and unknown-- who inhabit a fascinating intersection of fashion, gender, class, nationality, and race, proving there is no single answer to this question. It provides a comprehensive look at the role of gender and clothing in the workplace.
Publisher: New York : Abrams Image, 2018.
ISBN: 9781683352983
168335298X
9781419729928
1419729926
Characteristics: 1 online resource (224 pages) : chiefly illustrations (some color).

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Exis
Feb 02, 2021

This book claims to be a "comprehensive look at the role of gender and clothing in the workplace"
Clearly, they are using the word "comprehensive" rather loosely, but there ia also a failure to "look at the role of gender and clothing in the work place."
This is merely a bunch of pictures of women. In some of them, we see women at work in their professional attire, whatever it may be. But in many of them, little of the garb can be seen. There are also quite a few photographs included of women not at work.
Even the foreword was lackluster... it reads as if the writer had pitched an idea off the cuff, and proceeded without any real enthusiasm or even a clear direction.

If you were wanting a resource book, this is NOT it. Go ahead and buy it for your coffee table (I wouldn't), or flip through it in the library, but don't waste the effort taking it home

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gomez7
May 17, 2019

Dress Like a Woman: Working Women and What They Wore, is not worth reading; it may not be worth consuming the paper it was printed on.
I agree with reviewer "sunnyfeline" that it has pretty pictures of women from all over the world - and so does every magazine at the dentist’s office! That’s the problem; the book's subtitle suggested that it would be so much more.
I was expecting to learn something about clothes, specifically working women's clothes; how and why they developed and evolved in the way that they did, according to the needs of a particular occupation/job/task. The components, the materials, the technology and techniques involved in their creation and manufacture. This book delivers none of that, and is instead very shallow.
Skip this book, and instead read another of the library's titles: Shoes: A Celebration of Pumps, Sandals, Slippers & More, by Linda O'Keeffe. This small-format book has big, bright color photos and illuminating text on the history, development, and social impact of sandals, heels, slippers, pumps, boots, platforms, and so very much more.
If you are less into the mechanics and more into the emotions of clothes, I suggest another library title: Love, Loss, and What I Wore, by Ilene Beckerman. The text ranges from a few lines to a half page and each facing page is a wonderful color illustration by the author. Here’s a typically entertaining example (sans illustration): “Copy of a Pucci mini-dress I bought on impulse at Bloomingdale’s. I was never comfortable wearing it. I thought it was too bright and too short and that I would run into somebody else wearing it who looked a lot better in it than I did. My therapist told me I shouldn’t feel guilty if I didn’t want to wear it.”

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sunnyfeline
Apr 29, 2018

Lovely coffee table book with pictures of women from all over the world. I enjoyed looking at them and reading the little captions about them. My only small complaint about this book is some of the picture placements had the faces cut off in the center where both pages met for full sized pictures that took up two pages.

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