Author Richard Ford discusses his book, Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History
with NYT fashion director, Vanessa Friedman.

Tuesday, May 9, 1:00pm
Federation of Alliances Françaises USA
Online, Free for AF Members
In English


Join us as author Richard Ford discusses his book, Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History, with New York Times fashion director, Vanessa Friedman.

In Dress CodesHow the Laws of Fashion Made HistoryStanford Law Professor Richard Thompson Ford presents an informative and entertaining history of the laws of fashion from the Middle Ages to the present day with a focus on French clothing trends. Walk down history’s red carpet runway to uncover the rules of behavior, etiquette, and customs of clothing. Learn how French dress codes reflected the social order of a given time period as well as the pursuit of individual expression. Discover how we dress and why it still matters.

Richard Thompson Ford is Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. He writes about law, social and cultural issues and race relations and has written for The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe San Francisco Chronicle, CNN and Slate.   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 has appeared on The Colbert ReportThe Rachel Maddow Show, andThe Dylan Rattigan Show.  He is a member of the American Law Institute and serves on the board of the Authors Guild Foundation.  Quite to his surprise, he was one of 25 semi-finalists in Esquire magazine’s Best Dressed Real Man contest in 2009.  He lives in San Francisco with his wife Marlene and two children, Cole and Ella.

Vanessa Friedman was named the fashion director and chief fashion critic for The New York Times in March 2014. In this role she covers global fashion for both The New York Times and International New York Times. Previously, Ms. Friedman was the inaugural fashion editor of the Financial Times, beginning in 2003. Before that, she was the fashion features director for InStyle UK, from 2000 to 2002. She also worked as a fashion correspondent for the FT, as an arts contributor at The Economist and was the European editor at American Elle. In addition she contributed regularly to Vogue, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Entertainment Weekly. She is the author of “Emilio Pucci” (Taschen) as well as an honorary professor at Glasgow-Caledonian University. She was the recipient of the 2018 Fashion Group International Media Award, the 2013 Fashion Monitor Journalist of the Year award, and the 2012 Front Page Award for fashion writing. Ms. Friedman received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University.

This event will be in English and is on Zoom and free for all Alliance Française members, AATF members, and invited guests of the presenter or publicist. Non-members or persons who have no AF chapter nearby can purchase tickets ($10).

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