The American Inspiration author series welcomes author Richard Thompson Ford and guest moderator Petra Slinkard, curator of fashion and textiles at Peabody Essex Museum, for a lively discussion about Ford’s new book “Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History,” an insightful and entertaining history of the laws of fashion, from the middle ages to the present day. Dress codes are as old as clothing itself. For centuries, clothing has been a wearable status symbol, and changes in fashion have marked historic social and political movements. This walk down history’s red carpet will uncover and examine the canons, mores, and customs of clothing.
Our featured author Richard Thompson Ford is a Professor at Stanford Law School who has written about law, social and cultural issues and race. Moderator Petra Slinkard is Director of Curatorial Affairs and The Nancy B. Putnam Curator of Fashion and Textiles at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. (See below for more biographical information.)