ICYMI: Gary Watt, Dress, Law and Naked Truth (Bloomsbury, 2015) @hartpublishing
ICYMI: Gary Watt, Professor of Law, University of Warwick, has published Dress, Law and Naked Truth: A Cultural History of Fashion and Form (Bloomsbury Press, 2015).
Here from the publisher’s website is a description of the book’s contents.
This book is available as open access through the Bloomsbury Open Access programme and is available on www.bloomsburycollections.com.
Why are civil authorities in so-called liberal democracies affronted by public nudity and the Islamic full-face ‘veil’? Why is law and civil order so closely associated with robes, gowns, suits, wigs and uniforms? Why is law so concerned with the ‘evident’ and the need for justice to be ‘seen’ to be done? Why do we dress and obey dress codes at all? In this, the first ever study devoted to the many deep cultural connections between dress and law, the author addresses these questions and more. His responses flow from the radical thesis that ‘law is dress and dress is law’.
Engaging with sources from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare, Carlyle, Dickens and Damien Hirst, Professor Watt draws a revealing history of dress and civil order and offers challenging conclusions about the nature of truth and the potential for individuals to fit within the forms of civil life.