About the Project

Our clothes are full of memory and meaning. That’s why we all have garments—hanging in our closets, shoved in the back of drawers, and boxed up in garages—which we haven’t worn in years but just can’t part with. And there are the clothes we wear every day whose stories are still unfolding. Everyone has a memoir in miniature in at least one piece of clothing. The first-person accounts Emily Spivack has collected in WORN IN NEW YORK and WORN STORIES reveal how those clothes protect us, serve as a uniform, assert our identity, or bring us back to a place and time—how they are encoded with the stories of our lives.

About Emily Spivack

Emily Spivack is an artist, writer, and editor whose work draws from contemporary culture, fashion, history, and our relationship to everyday objects.

WORN IN NEW YORK, a contemporary cultural history of New York told through clothing, is Emily’s follow-up to her New York Times best seller, WORN STORIES (2014), and wornstories.com (2010), collections of stories she edits from cultural figures and talented storytellers about clothing and memory.

In her monthly column for T: The New York Times Style Magazine, “The Story of a Thing,” Emily interviews cultural figures about objects in their homes that provide insight into their interests and quirks.

In early 2017, she created an off-site installation for the Honolulu Museum of Art, Medium White Tee, which paid tribute to President Obama’s desire to run a t-shirt shack that only sold medium-sized white t-shirts as respite from non-stop decision-making.

She spent seven years culling stories about clothing from eBay posts for her website, Sentimental Value, and she exhibited this internet found-art project in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and Portland. Emily created the Smithsonian’s only blog about the history of clothing called Threaded, and she made howtodresslike.com, an online archive of nearly 1,000 step-by-step instructions culled from wikiHow.

Emily has lectured and presented at museums and universities including the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, New York University, Brown University, Bard College, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Emily and her work have been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.

More information about Emily and her work can be found at emilyspivack.info.