In her NYT bestseller Worn Stories, Emily Spivack collects over 60 clothing-inspired narratives from cultural figures and talented storytellers that investigate the deep, surprising connections we have to material possessions. As a curator and entrepreneur, Spivack is an expert on reconfiguring objects as devices that explore memory, assert identity, and tell the stories of our lives.
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.
“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
Since 2007, Spivack has curated Sentimental Value, an online collection of noteworthy stories about clothing and accessories found on eBay. It was also showcased as an installation with the Philadelphia Art Alliance and the Museum of Contemporary Craft and is available as a zine with Printed Matter, Inc. For six years, Spivack worked as the Executive Director of Shop Well with You, the New York-based national not-for-profit she founded to help women with cancer improve body image and quality of life by using clothing as a wellness tool. She has also produced and co-curated global salons for SustainAbility, a think tank and strategic advisory firm working to catalyze business leadership on sustainability.