KERA's Think
KERA's Think
Mar 2, 2021
History’s Real-Life Fashion Police
Play • 34 min

A good Southerner knows not to wear white after Labor Day—but who made that a hard-and-fast rule and why? Stanford Law professor Richard Thompson Ford joins host Krys Boyd to talk about a long and fascinating list of rules about who could dress in which ways and why, and how they were often used as a cudgel to keep people from rising above their station. His book is “Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History.”

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