First Paragraph: Disrobed by Syl Tang

firstparagraphEvery Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea shares the first paragraph of a book currently being read. Feel free to join the fun.

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Today I’m highlighting a book I will be reviewing on Thursday for a book tour. This is an extremely interesting little book on “How clothing predicts economic cycles, saves lives, and determines the future.” Here’s how it begins:


What if I were to tell you that clothing trends predicted the 2016 election?

Right before the 2008 US presidential election, a tremendous number of clothing brands created “educational” clothing: Rebok did a T-shirt John Maeda on math algorithms. Emperial Natrion launched T-shirts related to history, depicting events and figures from the American Civil War, the French Revolution, and the Ottoman. The Ken and Dana presented jewelry citing landmark legal cases, such as the one behind women’s right to vote ad Roe v. Wade. When Barack Obama was elected, many said it was a return to intellectualism, the thru mph of a highly educated law professor over the folksy Everyman campaign of his opponent. Was the nation simply ready for a leader who prized intellect over out feelings.

Looking at those clothing themes prior to the election, it would certainly seem so.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?

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6 Responses to First Paragraph: Disrobed by Syl Tang

  1. This does sound interesting – I’ve recently visited a fashion museum in the UK and similar themes were apparent here too.

  2. Emma says:

    I would keep reading. I have read about how clothing has impacted military battles (so when we used to dress our soldiers in bright red, making them easier to spot and shoot) but never how it has predicted something.

  3. This does sound very good. So what did the clothing say about 2016? LOL

    Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  4. Kathy Martin says:

    Sounds fascinating. This week my book is A Peace Divided by Tanya Huff. Happy reading!

  5. Nise' says:

    Very interesting!

  6. Diane says:

    This sounds fascinating; so glad u posted about it.

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