- Hardcover: 182 pages
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 28, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1442270993
- ISBN-13: 978-1442270992
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #646,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Disrobed: How Clothing Predicts Economic Cycles, Saves Lives, and Determines the Future
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Disrobed - Idiosyncratic Questions
Everyone wants to understand the world and the people around them, and this includes ways to save our own lives, make more money and improve the planet. Disrobed takes an unusual look at how clothing explains and directs the world. Some of what you will find in the book:
- How did clothing predict Donald Trump’s presidential win?
- How can you use clothing to read other’s minds and thoughts?
- Why are there fakes in the museums and how is that linked to worldwide cons in science and finance?
- Why are you (still) more likely to win the lotto than be killed by a refugee on U.S. soil?
- How did urban landscapes change as a result of clothing?
- What does re-selling gold jewelry have to do with the super-consumer and China, and how can we use this to save our drinking water?
- How are foraging restaurants linked to famine in Africa?
- How might we apply a technology first used by spies to save those who wander as a result of Alzheimer’s?
- In what way can we use shoes to power a whole city’s electrical grid?
- How did terrorism and clothing became inextricably linked?
Disrobed - Intelligence
Making use of unconventional insight, research and ideas, Disrobed links an avalanche of facts (including facts about avalanches) to soft goods and solutions we can all undertake for a better tomorrow.
- If you buy one less pair of jeans, you provide drinking water for a day for 5,600 people, about the population of Avon, Colorado.
- Sick people who are told that people are praying for them fare worse than those who don't know people are praying for them!
- Chips as small as .05mm, also known as RFID dust, could be used to save thousands of lives in natural disasters.
- Grocery stores know if you're pregnant before you've even taken a home pregnancy test.
- 53% of people lie on their resumes.
- Having a male spouse adds 9 hours of housework to your week!
- Fracking produces nearly 1/2 of all gas used in the United States.
From the Author...
The psychologist Abraham Maslow made a pyramid of our needs as human beings. At the top are food, clothing and shelter. While most of us will not get to share a meal together or see each other's houses, we see thousands of items of clothing on each other and on strangers on a regular basis. And many of anything adds up to data. Because of the necessary nature of clothing, this provides an unusual tool for you, both from an observation and an active standpoint.
I wrote this book in a way that allows you to be entertained by stories and either read it from beginning to end, or pop into one themed chapter at a time. You might be someone interested in the retail landscape, or someone enamored with technology, or focused on world affairs on the other side of the planet. Whether your area is geopolitics or pop culture, in Disrobed I will tell you stories about everything from foraging restaurants to fakes in the museums to how your eyes can order groceries. From nearly 1000 sources, I will arm you with research on everything from famine in Africa to how long you can survive in a natural disaster. And link it all back to the clothes on your back.
Can what you wear save your life, keep you safe, or kill people across the world? Syl Tang shows that, sometimes, it does. You've never read a national security book quite like Disrobed. A fresh perspective about how our individual choices can radically upend societies on the other side of the globe. Do clothes reflect the jagged fault lines between civilizations? Tang's Disrobed makes a compelling case that it just might. (Aki Peritz, former CIA analyst who tracked the strategy, leadership and international links of Al Qaeda in Iraq; senior fellow at George Washington University's Center for Cyber and Homeland Security; adjunct faculty member at American University)
Syl Tang’s Disrobed is a powerful thought-starter that articulates the butterfly effect from the mundane to the crucial. The book unveils an undercurrent of what is happening on the other side of the globe and connects the dots to what is right in front of us. Tang uses non-partisan, fact-based occurrences in worldwide events to show us the power of micro-action, and the potential of clothing as a political tool and predictive instrument. (Yann Marois, Chief Marketing Officer, Grey Goose)
Our clothes speak, consume, and even save the world in Syl Tang's fascinating and insightful research about fashion and how its much more than just threads. (Jonathan Woetzel, director and senior partner, McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey and Co.)
The theory of the interconnectedness of all things, seen through the lens of fashion. Great fun, but raising some important questions - like why my lucky cufflinks always work. (Paul James, Global Marketing and Branding for Millennium Hotels and Resorts; former Global Brand Leader, Starwood Luxury Hotels)
This book defines the bridge between the garment industry and world of finance, industries that most people truly do not understand. The financial markets such as investment, banking and insurance companies rely heavily on the above sources for revenue and investments. Disrobed is the book that will open your eyes to the dynamics of two powerful and profitable industries. (Salvador Rozenberg, professor, New York University, Tandon School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering and Urban Systems)
It is truly amazing how you have linked the issue of clothing with the ecosystem and global challenges. By highlighting the different elements and sectors, I have no doubt the reader will come away fascinated and inspired, with insights of how clothing plays a pivotal role in our lives. Syl Tang's book eloquently describes clothing's effect on our limited natural resources and also provides brilliant ideas and solutions that people can implement to create positive social change in society. Disrobed provides a gateway for the reader to recognize the value of ethical and sustainable clothing which can also address the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and thus help our common humanity. (Amir A. Dossal, president, Global Partnerships Forum)
Disrobed was one of the better nonfiction books I’ve read in some time and was so good that I recommended it as a strong resource to one of my students who happens to be a fashion major — I suspect the contents of this book will prove to offer a forward-thinking approach as he continues in degree program…. All in all, Disrobed is a rather succinct but no less potent argument about how fashion is itself an indicator of social mood and social evolution…. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys an alternate paradigm on reading social changes, as it’s often true that the signs are right in front of us if only we’ll pay attention to them. Tang gives us the chance to do so, which could be very useful in what’s likely to be a rollercoaster of a world ahead. (Dwell in Possibility)
About the Author
Syl Tang is CEO and founder of the 19-year old HipGuide Inc. A futurist, her focus is how and why we consume, with an eye towards world events such as natural disasters, geo-political clashes, and pandemics. She has written hundreds of articles on the confluence of world events and soft goods for the Financial Times, predicting and documenting trends such as the Apple watch and other smart wearables, lab-made diamonds, the Department of Defense’s funding of Afghan jewelry companies, the effects of global warming on South Sea pearls, and the unsolved murder of tanzanite speculator Campbell Bridges. Her brand consulting work focuses on helping companies including Diageo, Revlon and the State of Michigan. She is behind the launches of some of the most well-known beauty, beverage, automotive and urban development efforts including category changers such as frozen alcohol and mineral makeup. In addition to developing her site, in 1999 she created the first mobile lifestyle texting product in the market and predicted mobile couponing as it exists today. Her company HipGuide is a case study taught in universities around the world, from Dubai to Nova Scotia to Purdue, through a textbook series.
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The author weaves (pun intended) a tale that is thought provoking as well as entertaining.
Clothing really says so much about ourselves, society and the world. This real world Miranda Priestly brings the story to life and informs the reader about the ramifications of what we wear and why we wear it and also gives us a window on all that is coming in the near future.
It raises awareness to how we consume, and how we all need to be more mindful in doing so. If you care about the world we live in and how to be a little smarter, then this is a must read.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!