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Translated from the English by Sophie Zeitz and Britt Somann. Our lives, our clothes: why the old oversized coat, why the red angora sweater, why the silver Doc Martens? What influence do girlfriends, men, past loved ones and the mother's wardrobe have? What rituals are there when getting dressed, what clothes do you use to wrap yourself up in a new identity? The three authors of "Women and Dresses" are interested in why women wear what they wear and what they tell us with it. A declaration of love for the emotional language that clothes speak. With stories and photos from over 500 women from around the world, including Lena Dunham, Miranda July, Kim Gordon, Cindy Sherman and many others.

Review note on Die Welt, 09/19/2015

"Women and Dresses" is not a book about clothes, but about the "thoughts of the women who wear them," explains reviewer Mara Delius. The three authors, who are also an illustrator, professor and artist, have put together a hodgepodge of texts and images (19 different striped sweaters, six different white nightgowns), poems, illustrations and brief surveys, which the reviewer leafed through with enthusiasm. For them it is as irresistible as looking into an unfamiliar wardrobe. It is never about questions that occupy the fashion magazines: If I am too fat, too thin, can I wear this or that. It's about the moment of metamorphosis, the "second invention of himself" when getting dressed, as Delius calls it.