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Clothes...and Other Things That Matter

A Beguiling and Revealing Memoir from the Ex-Editor of British Vogue
Narrated by: Alexandra Shulman
Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Art
4.7 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Summary

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. 

©2020 Alexandra Shulman (P)2020 Octopus Publishing Group

Critic reviews

"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)

"She has written about her clothes, and given us some scintillating reading. [...] hugely engaging memoir." (Emily Bearn, 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)

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A little gem

Super book ,read by the author so it seemed all the more intimate for that. A subject close to many women’s heart ,the attachments to different items of clothing was charming. Alexander Shulman first book was equally as good!

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Loved, as much as I used to love Vogue magazine!

I purchased Vogue magazine from being a teenager, I am now 63 years. I have not recently renewed my Vogue subscription. Since Alexandra Shulman left the magazine is no longer the interesting, stylish, and beautiful magazine it was. Loved this book on audible and fully intend to listen to it again. Well done Alexandra you are very much missed.

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Loved it

I’ve read quite a few autobiographies of women in publishing - this is very creatively done, with a wonderful and fascinating focus on clothes, but giving enough autobiographical detail to satisfy our curiosity. Really recommend it! And it’s read beautifully :)

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Loved this...

Brought so many memories back, of times gone by. Would highly recommend. Narrator added authenticity.

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Really enjoyed this

Alexandra Shulman speaks very honestly, using clothes to tell incidents and thoughts about life. I enjoyed her reading and learned a lot about life at Vogue.

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Joylessly compelling or compellingly joyless?

This was an honest account of a life's work in high fashion. I became accustomed to the monotone delivery and as a bottom feeding fashion upcycler found myself fascinated by the various sections. Running through the narrative one feels the relentless dark pressure that women feel in their quest for beauty and conformity. The world described here tells of the straitjacket that is haute couture. The burgeoning wardrobes of the rich that contain only a few comfortably wearable clothes, the sense that as a high profile fashion journalist one is always under scrutiny for every aspect of your physical self presented to the world, the search for the elusive perfect black trousers or white shirt. I feel that Alexandra Shulman made a wise decision to stick to her own perspective on the world of fashion , but one senses always the conformity that strangles joy in your own style on your own body . It seemed rather sad at the end of her editorship to be shoved aside so brutally but I found her account of that period one of the most insightful parts of this story which should be listened to by anyone who enjoys wearing clothes and the way they enhance our self images and joie de vivre. Clothes do matter.

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  • Veronica Stone
  • 02-10-20

Absolute icon.

A great book for anyone that loves fashion and has an emotional connection to their clothing. Love the historical contexts she gives for different clothing items. Just a wonderful honest story of an industry icon!

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  • AminaRuhle
  • 22-05-20

loved the sentimental aspects

Alexandra was a great editor and it's clear that her strengths came from recognizing the unfrivolous, less insipid aspects of the industry. It's sad to learn that her successor was so unprofessional and simply not a good person. I've lost interest in british vogue which I used to prefer over the original American version.