Virtual Event: Richard Ford Thompson, Author of Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History, in Conversation with Dan Sharfstein

Parnassus Books is happy to welcome Richard Thompson Ford, author of Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History, in conversation with Dan Sharfstein.

This is a virtual event which will take place on the Parnassus Books Facebook page.

Join us Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 6:00PM Central Time.

After the live talk has ended, the video will be archived on the Parnassus Books Facebook page under Videos.


Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History is a revelatory exploration of fashion through the ages that asks what our clothing reveals about ourselves and our society.  Dress codes are as old as clothing itself. For centuries, clothing has been a wearable status symbol; fashion, a weapon in struggles for social change; and dress codes, a way to maintain political control.

Dress codes evolved along with the social and political ideals of the day, but they always reflected struggles for power and status. Even in today's more informal world, dress codes still determine what we wear, when we wear it--and what our clothing means.

In Dress Codes, law professor and cultural critic Richard Thompson Ford presents an insightful and entertaining history of the laws of fashion from the middle ages to the present day, a walk down history's red carpet to uncover and examine the canons, mores, and customs of clothing--rules that we often take for granted. After reading Dress Codes, you'll never think of fashion as superficial again--and getting dressed will never be the same.


Richard Thompson Ford is a Professor at Stanford Law School. He has written about law, social and cultural issues and race relations for The New York Times, The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and Slate, and has appeared on The Colbert Report and The Rachel Maddow Show. He is the author of the New York Times notable books The Race Card and Rights Gone Wrong: How Law Corrupts the Struggle for Equality. He lives in San Francisco.


 Dan Sharfstein, who teaches at Vanderbilt University and wrote Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War will be tonight's moderator.






Event date: 
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 14
Nashville, TN 37215
Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501180064
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - February 9th, 2021