The intertwining of our clothes and our Constitution raise fundamental questions of hierarchy, sexuality, and democracy. From our hairstyles to our shoes, constitutional considerations both constrain and confirm our daily choices. In turn, our attire and appearance provide multilayered perspectives on the United States Constitution and its interpretations. Our garments often raise First Amendment issues of expression or religion, but they also prompt questions of equality on the basis of gender, race, and sexuality. At work, in court, in schools, in prisons, and on the streets, our clothes and grooming provoke constitutional controversies. Additionally, the production, trade, and consumption of apparel implicate constitutional concerns including colonial sumptuary laws, slavery, wage and hour laws, and current notions of free trade. The regulation of what we wear – or don’t – is ubiquitous. From a noted constitutional scholar and commentator, this book examines the rights to expression and equality, as well as the restraints on government power, as they both limit and allow control of our most personal choices of attire and grooming.
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US BOOK LAUNCH/PRESENTATION at CUNY LAW September 19, 2013
CANADA Book Launch/Presentation at Osgoode Hall September 23, 2013
UK Book Launch/Presentation: November 26, 2013
Listen to a 5 minute interview with Jacki Lyden aired on NPR’s ALL THINGS CONSIDERED here; a 12 minute interview with Mocrieff aired on NewsTalk IRISH radio here (starts at 35:00); a 60 minute interview on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show here; a 20 minute interview with Brian Lehrer of WNYC here; a 15 minute interview on LA’s KPCC “AirTalk” with Larry Mantle on school dress codes here; a 60 minute discussion on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The Joy Cardin Show here; a 15 minute discussion with Margaret Ramirez on CUNY’s “Book Beat” here.
Watch for “Fashion and the Law” panel at CUNY Graduate Center (February 25, 2014); Dressing Constitutionally talk at Columbia Law Center for Gender & Sexuality (March 5, 2014); and Author Meets Reader Panel at Law & Society Conference (June 2014).