Worn Stories

Worn Stories

Book - 2014
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"Everyone has a memoir in miniature in at least one piece of clothing. In Worn Stories, Emily 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 Abramovic 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"--
"WORN STORIES will assemble a unique anthology of clothing-inspired personal narratives from people of all stripes, including David Carr on his misprinted I Love NY t-shirt, Cynthia Rowley on her girl scout sash, Rosanne Cash on her father Johnny's (atypically) purple shirt that she keeps in her closet, and Jonathan Levine (director of 50/50 and The Wackness) on his once-lucky Latrell Sprewell Knicks Jersey. The included stories will not only offer stirring, humorous and heartfelt glimpses into someone else's life, but will also prompt readers to give a second thought to the way they consider clothing in their own lives"--
Publisher: New York, New York :, Princeton Architectural Press,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781616892760
Branch Call Number: 391.0019 Spivack
Characteristics: 159 pages ;,25 cm


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Feb 04, 2020

As one of those people who has difficulty parting from many things I never wear in my closets, I found the stories in this book poignant. Some funny, some sad and so very telling of the individuals. Each time I vow to clean closets and donate things I will never wear again I resist because of the memories that cling to each.


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