Scottish philosopher, Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), authored Sartor Resartus (the tailor re-tailored), published in 1836, which roughly begins with a discussion of the 'naked savage' and subsequently presents a sort of hilarious tongue-in-cheek history or 'philosophy' -- of clothing. What I got from it essentially is that 'the naked truth' holds up the mirror that reflects deception back onto the 'prince of lies'.
Sartor Resartus was intended to be a new kind of book: simultaneously factual and fictional, serious and satirical, speculative and historical. It ironically commented on its own formal structure, while forcing the reader to confront the problem of where "truth" is to be found. In this respect it develops techniques used much earlier in Tristram Shandy, to which it refers. The imaginary "Philosophy of Clothes" holds that meaning is to be derived from phenomena, continually shifting over history, as cultures reconstruct themselves in changing fashions, power-structures, and faith-systems. The book contains a very Fichtean conception of religious conversion: based not on the acceptance of God but on the absolute freedom of the will to reject evil, and to construct meaning. This has led some writers to see Sartor Resartus as an early existentialist text.
The work is, in part, a parody of Hegel, and of German Idealism more generally. However, Teufelsdröckh is also a literary device with which Carlyle can express difficult truths.
Although nudity and the various fashions intended to hide it are mainly symbolic in this book, the author was very philosophical in his use of it as subject matter for creating much deeper meaning. I found it quite thought-provoking, and I hope others might enjoy it as well.
Sartor Resartus, by Thomas Carlyle (1836)