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The Clothes on our Backs: How Refugees from Nazism Revitalised the British Fashion Trade

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The major difference between Sandor Kovaks and Peter Rachman (ignoring the fact that Kovaks is fictional while Rachman was real) is the existence of living, known family members. Rachman too came from Eastern Europe, and after the war was unable to trace his family, though he continued to try to do so until his death in 1962. (Grant also has Kovaks live a great deal longer.) Sandor's brother and his family are useful inventions to the author, as it makes it much easier to explore his character through the complexities of the relationships between him and them - relationships which still exist, even if they have disowned Sandor, even changing the spelling of their surname by deed poll so that strangers will not ask whether they are related. Is Harry’s answer purely about clothes, or a part of the idiomatic meaning which he took it literally on purpose?

Last night I had an epiphany regarding my winter wardrobe. Because our climate here is wildly different in winter and summer, having two separate seasonal wardrobes is pretty much a necessity. I only have about a dozen pieces that can be worn the entire year. For me, summer clothes are more fun, relaxed and varied, whereas winter clothes are for staying warm and dry yet fashionable. The color palettes are different yet related, with summer being brighter and winter being muted or deep versions of the same colors. That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don’t know nothing about it. The point of the novel, if there is one, is about the way that people's personalities are reflected in the small details of their lives such as the clothes they choose to wear. (It is exactly the sort of incidental information that creative writing courses suggest using to establish character, because these details are much more telling than a direct description of traits.) Clothe are important in the novel particularly Vivian's trawling of second hand shops to put together a wardrobe of old fashioned but stylish outfits: retro chic long before its time, and the description of how Sandor, forced to work in a slave gang of Jews in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, is never able to change the clothes he was wearing when first conscripted, for months and months.Be honest what are the chances that you will ever wear it? The money’s been spent. If it was expensive/a designer label you may be able to resell it but otherwise just accept that it was an error of judgment. We all make them – to err is human (Alexander Pope). Your Weight Has gone up Since You Bought It Anna Nyburg's book tells of the recruitment of refugee clothiers to British companies and the influence they had over the industry: the technology, practices, and designs - including the twinset, the beret, the Pringle sweater and more. I entered the stories of all these characters through the bits and pieces that Vivian shared. There is a world of stories and living glimpsed through her eyes, and the people she meets while trying to escape from the narrow world and expectations of her parents. She wants to LIVE, and this book tells of her search for her past, and also her future.

I realized that while I have a few dresses and skirts–I don’t wear them often because my legs get cold, and I don’t like to wear opaque tights because they make my feet feel cramped in shoes. Last year I played around with wearing thin leggings under skirts with boots, and thats kind of an OK look that is being touted this season as “skeggings”. I’m still on the fence about this look. Dr Anna Nyburg of Imperial’s Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication will launch her book on the contributions of Jewish refugees to the British fashion industry at Waterstones, Clapham Junction.But if you’re not wearing the item what is the point of keeping it? Perhaps one way to retain the memory would be to take a photo of it and then to let it go?

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