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My mother's wedding dress : the life and afterlife of clothes

Author: Justine Picardie
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Pub. : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Beginning with the story of her mother's wedding dress, a perfect black French cocktail dress bought in 1960, writer and former Vogue editor Justine Picardie affirms what all of us may have suspected: that the real value of our wardrobes lies in the history and associations woven into our clothes. Combining tales of her own family and friends, intimate stories from the fashion business, and reflections on clothes in  Read more...
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Picardie, Justine.
My mother's wedding dress.
New York : Bloomsbury Pub. : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2006
(OCoLC)647379622
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Justine Picardie
ISBN: 1596911492 9781596911499
OCLC Number: 62393015
Description: 239 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: My mother's wedding dress --
The fairy without any knickers on --
The orange apple dress --
School uniform --
Plastic trousers --
Ghost dresses --
The one that got away --
The gap --
The velvet jacket --
The return of the little black dress --
The women in white --
Bella donna --
Bella's sweater --
Scarlet women --
Charlotte Brontë's ring --
The black sash.
Responsibility: Justine Picardie.
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Beginning with the story of her mother's wedding dress, a perfect black French cocktail dress bought in 1960, writer and former Vogue editor Justine Picardie affirms what all of us may have suspected: that the real value of our wardrobes lies in the history and associations woven into our clothes. Combining tales of her own family and friends, intimate stories from the fashion business, and reflections on clothes in literature and pop culture, Picardie uncovers the truths that lie underneath what we wear. She reflects on the strange disappearance of garments we love; the allure of uniforms; the house that Chanel built; the bridal and ghostly qualities of women in white; the fate of a ring belonging to Charlotte Bronte; the power of scarlet clothing; how Donatella Versace, Karl Lagerfeld, and Claude Montana dress themselves; and how the clothes we inherit from loved ones link us to the departed. Rich with fascinating stories from the public and private worlds of fashion, My Mother's W edding Dress is a gorgeously written book about what clothes cover up, and what they reveal.

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