Worn Stories
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176 pages



62 colour images

UK, Ireland, Europe, Africa


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Worn Stories

Everyone has a memoir in miniature in at least one piece of clothing. In Worn StoriesEmily Spivack has collected over sixty of these clothing-inspired narratives from cultural figures and talented storytellers. First-person accounts range from the everyday to the extraordinary, such as artist Marina Abramovi on the boots she wore to walk the Great Wall of China; musician Rosanne Cash on the purple shirt that belonged to her father; and fashion designer Cynthia Rowley on the Girl Scout sash that informed her business acumen. Other contributors include Greta Gerwig, Heidi Julavits, John Hodgman, Brandi Chastain, Marcus Samuelsson, Piper Kerman, Maira Kalman, Sasha Frere-Jones, Simon Doonan, Albert Maysles, Susan Orlean, Andy Spade, Paola Antonelli, David Carr, Andrew Kuo, and more. By turns funny, tragic, poignant, and celebratory, Worn Stories offers a revealing look at the clothes that protect us, serve as a uniform, assert our identity, or bring back the past—clothes that are encoded with the stories of our lives.

About the Author(s)
Emily Spivack

Emily Spivack is a Brooklyn-based artist, writer, and editor who created the Smithsonian’s blog Threaded and collects stories for the Internet found-art project Sentimental Value. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

The idea behind this collection has been (and will be) mirrored, copied and repeated: it will inspire others. Worn stories cannot end: we all can contribute stories that are, at the same time, unique and universal. ADDRESS; journal for fashion criticism

"This book is an utterly charming and tangent collection of close to 70 intimate stories about the relationships we have with our clothing."Lissome

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