Styleforum.net is a very exciting, living community, creating a body of information that grows every hour, but I want to start a post on material that exists in printed form. Everyone on the forum clearly cares a lot about men's clothes and many know a lot about them. My question: What's on your men's clothing bookshelf. Feel free to include books you yourself have written. I'm less interested in how-to-dress guides than in books on history, philosophy, and aesthetics. To start: Back in high school, I read whichever Flusser book was current circa 1980, but now one of my favorite books is SEX AND SUITS by Anne Hollander, an art and fashion historian who asks, where did the form of the modern men's suit come from? And why has it lasted 200 years? Her prose is quite beautiful. Her aesthetic is formalist, her style impressionistic. It was published by Knopf in 1994. Another book I have is The Male Image: Men's Fashion in Britain, 1300-1970 by Penelope Byrde. It's a lot drier but better researched, tracking the evolution of every part of a man's outfit through the centuries.
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10/5/04 at 2:49am