Kathy Peiss


On her book Zoot Suit: The Enigmatic Career of an Extreme Style

Cover Interview of August 28, 2011


Zoot Suit encourages readers to consider style as the complex phenomenon it is, neither reducible to politics nor entirely divorced from it.

In contemporary society and culture, there is careless conclusion-jumping as to the meaning of style.  For example, Goth clothing is seen as a symbol of mental instability (as happened in the case of the Columbine High School gunmen).  Hip hop too is the subject of much instant analysis.  I hope that reading this book may cause more reflection on the judgments we render of style in our own times.

© 2011 Kathy Peiss