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My Mother's Wedding Dress: The Life and Afterlife of Clothes Paperback – 5 May 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Reprints edition (5 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330413074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330413077
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 442,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'More chic lit than chick lit… An alternative style bible for thinking fashionistas’ -- Daily Mail

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A wonderfully evocative memoir about what we wear - that goes far more than skin deep

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Format: Paperback
This memoir touched me deeply. Through the medium of clothes and fashion Justine Picardie recalls incidents in her life and the lives of generations past. Years after her sister Ruth's death I could still see how much she is affected by her loss and how much her family and its roots mean to her. I could relate to how important it is to her to have a small piece of jewellery or article of clothing that belonged to someone she cared about, or even only knows through family stories which she painstakingly researches. A warm and tender book.
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Here, Justine Picardie (a fashion journalist) writes about clothes in a way that she never really touches on in the pages of the glossy magazines she writes for. Here she writes about how strongly evocative clothes are for her of people and places she mourns and treasures in equal measure. The chapters are episodic in nature, but hang together with a sense of nostalgia and happiness tinged with loss. She talks of individual pieces and the stories behind them, how they shaped and continue to shape her life and the way she feels. It is moving, intimate and lovely.
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You don't have to be a fashionista to be sucked in by Picardie's fascinating mix of memoir, interviews, history and criticism: you just have to love clothes. Iconic bits of her wardrobe -- her mother's little black wedding dress, teen PVC trousers, a Ghost sheath -- are dissected with the help of her (well-dressed) literary heroines Holly Golightly, Pippi Longstocking and du Maurier's Rebecca, plus the ever watchful Dr Freud. We glimpse frank interview notes on Donatella Versace and Karl Lagerfeld. Yet through the fabric of this work runs the thread of loss -- a lost sister, lost clothes, lost dreams -- and that's the truly absorbing part.
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Bought this because I'd just heard the author speak at a literary festival, and thought it must be better than it looked. Not disappointed, this is a strange, rambling, scholarly, erudite yet intimate book. Given that it hangs all this from a consideration of the most trivial and ephemeral subject, clothes, fashion, and the world of fashion-makers, it's success is even more surprising. Difficult to define, impossible to summarise, yet the component parts all form a satisfying whole somehow, whilst ranging from consideration of the title frock, through compelling consideration of family histories and family stories, to an account of researching the archives of the Brontes for a lost ring. The humour in the various lists between chapters lightens the tone just enough.
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Finding it difficult to get into this book - but trying!
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