Worn Stories, Hardback Book
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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 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.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 176 pages, 62 colour images
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fashion & textiles: design
  • ISBN: 9781616892760

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I loved this book! So many different voices, each telling us about an article of clothing that's extra-meaningful to them, and why.The essays range from funny to nostalgic to sad, with a lot of nuances. All of the writing is excellent, and each tale is accompanied by an elegant photograph of the clothing piece discussed. This gives the book a very clean, yet immediate, tone.The production values of the book itself live up to the elegant prose and photos. It's really a joy to read!I am proud that my daughter is one of the authors therein, especially since I doubt I would have heard of this book without that connection, and it's really good.Highly recommended if you like thoughtful, personal essays.

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