7 x 9.5 inches (17.8 x 24.1 cm)
62 color illustrations
Publication date: 08/26/2014
Available for the Kindle at amazon.com.
|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.
Emily Spivack is a Brooklyn-based artist, writer, and editor who created the Smithsonians blog Threaded and collects stories for the Internet found-art project Sentimental Value. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.
NY Times Fashion Blog:
"Full of emotion and honesty, and a handy antidote to "fast fashion." ... Dip in and out whenever the cynicism of today's consumer culture seems overwhelming."
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
"A fascinating, poignant book."
"Worn Stories is absolutely remarkable in its entirety --- a true labor of love that weaves this common thread of intensely personal, courageously vulnerable sartorial memories into a colorful tapestry of the human experience."
"Intimate and sweet. A fashion book for everyone who feels that so far they have been left out of the fun."
"The one-page mini-memoirs, accompanied by a photograph of the piece of clothing, are intensely personal and yet universal. Initially I skipped around in Worn Stories until I realized I didn't want to miss a single story and read it straight through."
"Worn Stories is a charming book about clothes and meaning."
Ciera Design blog:
"How cool is Emily Spivack's new book, Worn Stories? I love the photography and the book is so much fun to flip through and read all the stories behind the articles of clothing."
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