Author of Worn Stories
Emily Spivack is the editor of the New York Times Bestseller Worn Stories, a collection of over 60 “clothing-inspired narratives from cultural figures and talented storytellers” that “tell the stories of our lives.” She was the editor-in-chief of PopTech from 2010–2012 and the curator and editor of Threaded, the Smithsonian’s only fashion history blog. Spivack teaches as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the department of Fashion Design with the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post among other publications.
Worn Stories: Meaningful Objects
We are surrounded by our material possessions. Some of these objects are meaningful. Others are not. Artist, writer, and editor Emily Spivack explores the connections to our personal belongings in her New York Times bestselling book and web project, Worn Stories, a collection of stories about clothing and memory. What makes the same t-shirt, wristwatch, bowl, or chair meaningful to one person yet meaningless to another? How and why do we place value on some of our possessions but disregard others? What makes clothing—both outstanding, glamorous pieces as well as everyday items—particularly evocative? And what can the stories we tell about material objects say about fashion, sustainability, family history, identity, and more? Spivack, who also launched the Smithsonian’s only clothing history blog among other projects related to clothing and storytelling, is an expert on reconfiguring objects as devices that tell the stories of our lives.
A New York Times Bestseller
Everyone has a memoir in miniature in at least one piece of clothing. In Worn Stories, Emily Spivack has collected over 60 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 Abramović 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.
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