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Chosen by Evening Standard as one of the best books to look forward to in 2020.

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

Chosen by Stylist as 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

'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.

 

Details

ISBN: 9781788401982
Audience: General
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 23 Apr 2020
Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
Publication City, Country: United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 21.4(H) x 14(L) x 3.6(W)
Weight (gm): 500

 

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. - 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

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

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

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

 

Author Biography

Alexandra Shulman is a writer and commentator. She was British Vogue's Editor-in-Chief from 1992 to 2017 and was awarded the CBE in the 2018 New Year's Honours list. She is currently a columnist for the Mail on Sunday, a contributor to a variety of newspapers and magazines and a Vice President of the London Library. She has written two novels, Can We Still Be Friends (2012) and The Parrots (2015) and Inside Vogue: The Diary of My 100th Year (2016).
Clothes... and other things that matter: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER A beguiling and revealing memoir from the former Editor of British Vogue
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