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The Way We Wore: A Life In Threads
by Robert Elms
One day in 1965, the five-year-old Robert Elms saw his brother return to the family council house in a petrol blue, Italian-cut mohair suit he'd just had made for him by a tailor in Kilburn. On the record player was Too Hard to Handle by Otis Reading. This, Robert realized, was it. This was what you grew up for. At the age of 22, the same kid from the slums of Notting Hill ...more
Published April 15th 2005 by Picador USA
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I enjoyed this book, a lot. I grew up following the New Romantic London scene through The Face from my early teenage Central Valley, California home in the early 1980s. Just subscribing to The Face back then involved not only begging my mother for hard-earned money (hers, not mine, shamefully--like Elms' mum, mine was also all about supporting my youth culture dreams), but getting international money orders drafted in Sterling at the local bank, which was a real ordeal at the time. Nevermind the ...more
Robert Elms was one of the editors of the much missed FACE Magazine, and here's a memoir told through his closet of sorts. From Mods to new romantic, this is a remarkable book and fascinating social history as well as Elm's personal story via his clothes and his brother's clothes.
Robert Elms is a British writer and broadcaster. Elms was a writer for The Face magazine in the 1980s and is currently known for his long-running radio show on BBC London 94.9. His book 'The Way We Wore,' charts the changing fashions of his own youth, linking them with the social history of the times.More about Robert Elms...