The starched, pristine white of antique nightdresses, their linen turning glossy under the swishing heat of an iron. A box of buttons, mother-of-pearl and plastic, metal and glass, rattling and untethered. A hundred-year-old pin, forgotten in a hem. Silks shattered, splitting down old creases; dyes fugitive, fading from blue to green; leather eroded from a buckle now lost.
Claire Wilcox has worked as a curator in Fashion at the Victoria & Albert Museum for nearly two decades. Down cool, dark corridors, she and her colleagues catalogue, restore and retire clothes centuries old, the inscrutable remnants of lives long lost to history; the commonplace or remarkable things that survive the bodies they once encircled or adorned.
In Patch Work, Wilcox deftly stitches together her dedicated study of fashion with the story of her own life lived in and through clothes. From her mother's black wedding suit to the swirling patterns of her own silk kimono, her memoir unfolds in luminous prose the spellbinding power of the things we wear: their stories, their secrets, their power to transform and disguise; the ways in which they measure out our lives, and the ways we use them to write our stories.
Höhe: 216 mm
Breite: 135 mm
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Claire Wilcox has been Senior Curator of Fashion at the V&A since 2004, where she has curated exhibitions including Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, The Art and Craft of Gianni Versace and Frida Kahlo, and is professor of fashion curation at the London College of Fashion. She instigated Fashion in Motion (live catwalk events in the Museum) in 1999. She is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and on the editorial board of Fashion Theory. She lives in London.