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Looking Good: A visual guide to the nun's habit

Roberts, Lucienne and Wright, Rebecca and Bennet, Veronica and Todd, Ryan, GraphicDesign& (2016) Looking Good: A visual guide to the nun's habit. GraphicDesign& . GraphicDesign&, London. ISBN 9780957238138

Type of Research: Book
Creators: Roberts, Lucienne and Wright, Rebecca and Bennet, Veronica and Todd, Ryan
Group or Collective Creators: GraphicDesign&

From Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music to Nobel Peace Prize recipient Mother Teresa (now St Teresa of Calcutta), nuns occupy a special place in popular consciousness as figures of fondness, fun, strictness, purity and grace. Many of us identify nuns by their deceptively simple form of dress – few of us understand, however, that the habit is also a visual code.

A collaboration between GraphicDesign&, Cambridge theology graduate Veronica Bennett and graphic illustrator Ryan Todd, Looking Good: A visual guide to the nun’s habit identifies and illustrates the dress of more than 40 Catholic communities of nuns and sisters. It catalogues and compares this ‘extra ordinary’ religious clothing, explaining its components, significance and distinguishing identifiers. The accompanying text, incorporating visions and miracles, high drama and humble beginnings, persecution and insurrection, reveals how the story of the habit is also that of the struggle between the powerful and the poor; of politics, social care and the role of women; and of the interplay between culture, fashion and faith.

Other Contributors:
Other (Interviewed fro introduction)Baines, Phil
Other (Co-editor/advisor)Price, Jessie
Official Website: http://www.graphicdesignand.com
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: GraphicDesign&
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 8 September 2016
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2017 07:40
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2017 07:40
Item ID: 11631
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/11631

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