<h3>Excerpt</h3> <div><div> <h2>CHAPTER 1</h2> <p><b>THE ADDICTED TO LOVE</b></p> <br> <p>WE'VE ALL SEEN THE 1986 video: Robert Palmer, in a simple white shirt and black tie, clutches a microphone for dear life while five terrifying women in high-necked, long-sleeved (and slightly sheer, much to the delight of MTV-watching teenage boys everywhere) black minidresses surround him and dance robotically while pretending to play instruments.</p> <p>The Addicted to Love dress is any dress that essentially sets out to turn you into a prop, a backdrop, stage dressing, or scenery, especially if it does so in a hyper-sexualized way. Modern rap videos employ the same methods (only with much less fabric), and it can be argued that the bridesmaid's dress is a tamer version of this phenomenon.</p> <p>The Addicted to Love differs from a uniform—a uniform is intended to encourage team spirit and fellow feeling in addition to providing a consistent appearance to outsiders. The Addicted to Love, in all its variants, is concerned with the audience only. No one seems to be worried about a unit cohesion problem among backup dancers.</p> <p>When you're wearing the Addicted to Love, either by choice or by coercion, it's best to give yourself fully over to it. Wear it like a costume (which, of course, it is) and throw yourself into the role, whether it's fembot, handmaiden, conference-booth staffer, or video vixen. If you can cultivate a fine appreciation of absurdity, that will help tremendously.</p> <br> <p><b>ACCESSORIES:</b> Sheer black stockings and stiletto heels, slicked-back hair, dramatic smoky-eye makeup, and shiny red lipstick on a mouth that never smiles.</p> <p><b>RELATED:</b> The Bandage dress.</p> <p><b>WORN BY:</b> The models in the original video were Julia Bolino, Kathy Davies, Mak Gilchrist, Patty Kelly, and Julie Pankhurst. (Also referenced by Beyoncé and her Single Ladies, although they were much more foreground than background.) </div></div><br/> <i>(Continues...)</i> <!-- Copyright Notice --> <div><blockquote><hr noshade size="1"><font size="-2">Excerpted from <b>The Hundred Dresses</b> by <b>ERIN MCKEAN</b>. Copyright © 2013 by Erin McKean. Excerpted by permission of BLOOMSBURY.<br/>All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.<br/>Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.</font><hr noshade size="1"></blockquote></div>