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Bring No Clothes
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About the Author

Charlie Porter is a writer, fashion critic and curator. He has written for The Financial Times, The Guardian, The New York Times, GQ, Luncheon, i-D and Fantastic Man, and has been described as one of the most influential fashion journalists of his time. Porter co-runs the London queer rave Chapter 10, and is a trustee of the Friends of Arnold Circus, where he is also a volunteer gardener. He lives in London.

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A triumph. I could read Charlie Porter's books all day long. He makes us see a subject we thought we knew so well from a completely different angle; in writing that is deeply researched, but inviting, warm, and full of personality
*Katy Hessel*

Excellent … Porter’s generous, empathetic eye feels like a corrective for the more salacious historical depictions of the Bloomsbury Group’s affairs … Bring No Clothes doesn’t just introduce a new frame of thinking, it adds a fresh layer of humanity to the collective
*Independent*

Charlie Porter is a magician, a radical historian who has pulled away all the threadbare myths about Bloomsbury, using clothes as a way of revealing the vulnerable bodies and wild new ideas of Woolf and her circle. In his hands, what people wear becomes an astoundingly rich way of thinking about love and grief, art-making and intimacy - and above all about old power structures and how to upend them. Bring No Clothes is at once an enriching account of the past and a primer for the future: a guide to how we too can clothe our bodies for freedom
*Olivia Laing*

A call to arms from the first page - it's thrilling and radical
*Chantal Joffe*

Charlie Porter applies a literary critic’s close reading to the clothes of the early twentieth century, unpicking philosophical texts from their textures. Bring No Clothes offers a way of recalibrating the world by understanding the tensions that underpin and overdetermine it through the ways we dress. With curiosity and contemporaneity, he finds in the Bloomsbury Group’s experiments in intimacy a queer possibility for the way we live today
*Sam Buchan-Watts, author of Path Through Wood*

Spot-on ... the way the [Bloomsbury] circle thought about clothes was part of a wider revolt ... Thanks to his access to the contents of several Bloomsbury wardrobes, together with a trove of previously unseen photographs, Porter is able to provide a detailed illustration of how "Make it new" played out on the material level
*Guardian*

One of the best books about Bloomsbury!
*Maggie Humm, author and Vice Chair of the Virginia Woolf Society*

Fascinating
*BBC Front Row*

Unlocks the Bloomsbury Group’s wardrobes to expose the intricate interplay between attire, liberation and control
*Vogue*

A deep dive into the wardrobes of the Bloomsbury Group. Behind colour choices and hemlines are fascinating insights into their bodies and minds
*Monocle*

Porter clearly enjoys [the Bloomsbury Group’s] company – exploring how Virginia Woolf’s loose, long-line garments, John Maynard Keynes’s ‘soft tailoring,’ Vanessa Bell’s wildly colourful home-made dresses, photographs of a naked Duncan Grant, and the loosening of EM Forster’s buttoned-up suits all demonstrate the radicalism of a group of people determined to live differently
*New Statesman*

Spot-on ... the way the [Bloomsbury] circle thought about clothes was part of a wider revolt ... Thanks to his access to the contents of several Bloomsbury wardrobes, together with a trove of previously unseen photographs, Porter is able to provide a detailed illustration of how "Make it new" played out on the material level
*Guardian*

Fresh, empathetic … personal as much as intellectual … Bring No Clothes might be read as the manifesto of a queer human
*Times Literary Supplement*

- - Praise for What Artists Wear
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Brilliant, loving, visually incisive
*Hilton Als*

Compelling
*Apollo*

Revelatory
*Guardian*

An insightful account ... whether offering visual analysis or social observation, Porter writes with clarity and wit
*Frieze*

A fascinating exploration of the clothing worn by the rebels, rule breakers and outliers of the artistic world, and what it means to live in it ... The book defies convention ... Porter's curiosity is infectious
*Esquire*

Eclectic, invigorating ... the chapters devoted to female artists make for the most fascinating reading, their clothes liberating them by giving them permission to be different
*Observer*

Unique, intelligent and enlightening, super interesting and so well researched. It is rare indeed to come across a book that not only captures the imagination, but informs and amuses at the same time. Each turn of the page is a surprising delight. Perhaps what is most striking about this book is its authenticity ... Charlie Porter's seriousness and genuineness, coupled with his off-kilter sense of humour, not forgetting his huge talent, seep through the entire production. Not a fake nor pompous note anywhere. This is simply the real article, just like Charlie
*Adrian Joffe, President of Comme des Garçons*

A roving, intimate analysis of the clothes that inform art
*AnOther Magazine*

Wonderful ... I read it in one delicious gulp. An important page-turner
*Jennifer Higgie, author of The Mirror and the Palette*

Delicious ... What Artists Wear can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of your art or fashion knowledge ... Porter shares each anecdote with the confidence and clarity of a story teller, weaving memories into the book
*Glass*

Timely ... intimate ... A leisurely, contemplative journey through the art world of the 20th Century, as shown through the medium of the artists' own clothes
*Hypebeast*

Brilliant and unexpected... What Artists Wear approaches fashion in a wholly different way
*Showstudio*

Personal and brimming with anecdotes ...Porter explores the intrinsic connections between artists and their choice of clothing with agility, nuance and insatiable curiosity... His diverse curatorial eye holds both geographic and historical breadth
*A Magazine Curated By*

A clarion call to examine not only the clothes of artists but also our own
*The Art Newspaper*

Manual and manifesto - a fabulous and interesting read
*Lauren Laverne*

Unexpected, lushly illustrated ... As a connoisseur of the lived-in, Porter delights at Lee Krasner's paint-spattered slippers and the tactile richness of Alberto Giacometti's rumpled suit
*V&A Magazine*

As he cycles through the lives of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sarah Lucas, Martine Syms, and Joseph Beuys, Porter's deep dive is a tender report on the legacies we leave behind and the clothes that accompany us along the way
*Dazed Books of the Year*

Inquisitive and insightful, Porter's skillful dissection of the historical context, social commentary, and personal symbolism behind each artist is a pleasure to get lost in
*Publishers Weekly*

Unique, wide-ranging... Style guru Charlie Porter takes us on a voyage of discovery
*Creative Boom*

Porter captures the various 'archetypes' associated with artists. He emphasises the shift from the 'codification of patriarchy to the breaking of the canon
*The Art Newspaper*

Clothes can be a prison. But Porter makes a powerful argument that they offer freedom too, to work against the structures "that control what we all wear
*Times Literary Supplement*

A call to arms from the first page - it's thrilling and radical
*Chantal Joffe*

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