Lorrie Bard Rubenstein teaches cultural anthropology at Towson State University and the Maryland Institute. She holds seminars on cults, grief and dying, and other topics and is well traveled in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
She is married to Howard, a bankruptcy attorney who loves woodworking, and they have two daughters. One daughter is an interior designer who owns a folk art cottage industry and the other daughter works in advertising.
How would you describe your taste in clothing?
It is definitely eclectic and represents my interest in anthropology and fantasy. I even carry through with that type of taste in decorating my home. Clothing and dressing is an art. A lot of my clothes are period pieces and range from Victorian and Edwardian to punk rock. I only have one straight outfit, a nice black suit used for funerals or job interviews.
There is a lot of humor in my dressing and I'm creative with my hair. Last year it was black, this year it is white. My husband says I'm the oldest punk rocker he knows.
Just remember that I have to entertain students at morning classes. It's important that they know you don't ' have to stick to a stereotype. My clothes range from goody two shoes to extremely sexy and most of them are ethnic.
How do people react to your mode of dressing?
My students love it. Perhaps because they know it reflects my whole belief system which is the freedom to do what you want. My peers admire my nerve, but I don't think they want dress like I do. Little kids stare at me.
My kids love the way I dress and my husband has learned to live with it. Sometimes we look really ridiculous together, because he's so conservative. I've often said that he sleeps in three piece pajamas.
But I've always been this way, I even had the top of my ears pierced in the late '60s. One day I was in Fields and this lady asked me how I managed to get my own picture on the pin that was on my leather jacket. She couldn't believe that it wasn't me, but one of my idols, Annie Lennox, the lead singer from the Eurythmics.
What's the newest thing in your closet?
A native American blanket skirt that I got from a friend who sells Native American stuff. It's close to being a mini.
What's the oldest thing in your closet?
My bullet belt from '60s and my backpack.
Where is the most exotic place you've ever shopped?
I love to shop in Bangkok. I was there three years ago to observe the people and found that they have wonderful clothes. I bought a black latex and lace dress with a zipper up the front and a rubber rose at the bust line. It is extremely provocative.
What are your favorite accessories?
I have a hamper with belts scarves and jewelry. They range from Middle Eastern, to Native American to New Age. I've been into crystals and their healing powers for a long time, but I also love the big exotic Indian and Middle Eastern Jewelry.
Do you have any shopping tips you'd like to share?
Be creative with your accessories. Most American women are not creative. Consider the Third World countries when you dress, I do.
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