The Devil's Cloth: A History of Stripes and Striped Fabric (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism)

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The Devil's Cloth What do prostitutes, referees, and Renaissance clowns have in common? They all wear stripes, and The Devil's Cloth tells us why. Pastoureau's lively study of stripes offers a unique perspective on the evolution of fashion, taste, and visual codes in Western culture. Full description

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"Pastoureau... is eminently qualified to explore the stripe's peculiar historical trajectory.... "The Devil's Cloth" gets to the heart of matters like the way we perceive color and pattern, and speculates interestingly on whether these perceptions derive from nature or nurture.... this playful but learned book will doubtless have an influence." -- Angeline Goreau, "The New York Times Book Review"

"[A] unique little book." -- "Forbes FYI"

"[An] intriguing little book." -- "Library Journal"

" "The Devil's Cloth" kept this reader at the edge of her seat." -- "Seattle Times"

"An oddball and charming little biography of a very devious pattern. Who knew that striped fabrics, now a kind of a shorthand for Class, were, from medieval times onward, so fraught with dangerous meaning?" -- "Esquire"

"ÝA¨ unique little book." -- "Forbes FYI"

"ÝAn¨ intriguing little book." -- "Library Journal"

"[A] unique little book." -- Forbes FYI

"[An] intriguing little book." -- Library Journal

" The Devil's Cloth kept this reader at the edge of her seat." -- Seattle Times

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Discover why most national flags have stripes, the difference between the "aristocratic stripe" and the "peasant stripe", the connection between the stripe and music, and why prisoners wear black and white stripes.

"The stripe doesn't wait, doesn't stand still. It is in perpetual motion (that's why it has always fascinated artists: painters, photographers, filmmakers), animates all it touches, endlessly forges ahead, as though driven by the wind".

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