If a picture is worth 1,000 words, surely an outfit is worth 1,001.
At least that is what Richard Thompson Ford is telling us in his newest history offering, “Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History.”
Ford is a lawyer and scholar (he is a professor at Stanford Law School) and spent much of his career researching, teaching and advocating for civil rights, a legal area where disputes about attire are very common.
At its core, “Dress Codes” is a book about the history of civil rights and its relation to attire.
Ford’s nearly-400-page tome covers an impressive