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Dress Codes - How the Laws of Fashion Made History


A revelatory exploration of fashion through the ages that asks what our clothing reveals about ourselves and our society.  Dress codes are as old as clothing itself. For centuries, clothing has been a wearable status symbol; fashion, a weapon in struggles for social change; and dress codes, a way to maintain political control. 

In Dress Codes, law professor and cultural critic Richard Thompson Ford presents an insightful and entertaining history of the laws of fashion from the middle ages to the present day.

By: Richard Thompson Ford, Published by Simon & Schuster, 2021, 464 pages, hardcover.