At least one item of clothing contains a miniature memoir. Emily Spivack has compiled over sixty of these clothing-inspired narratives from cultural icons and talented storytellers in her book Worn Tales.
Artist Marina Abramovic talks about the boots she wore to walk the Great Wall of China, musician Rosanne Cash talks about the purple shirt that belonged to her father, and fashion designer Cynthia Rowley talks about the Girl Scout sash that inspired her business acumen.
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 others are among the others who have contributed.
Worn Stories is an amusing, sad, nostalgic, and celebratory look at the clothes that shield us, act as a uniform, assert our identity, or carry the past back to us—clothes that are encoded with our lives’ stories.
Real people unpack the interesting and quirky stories surrounding their most meaningful pieces of clothing in this amusing, heartfelt, and moving docuseries.
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