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“Clothes as text, clothes as narration, clothes as a story. Clothes as the story of our lives. And if you were to gather all the clothes you have ever owned in all your life, each baby shoe and winter coat and wedding dress, you would have your autobiography. You could wear, once more, your own life in all its stages, from whatever they wrapped you in when you emerged from the dark red naked warmth of the womb to your deathbed.”

 

- Linda Grant

Recommendation: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Fashion

Labels beware: John Oliver takes down the fast fashion industry.

Excerpt: Girl of the World

I’m wearing a dress of real silk, but it’s threadbare, almost transparent. It used to belong to my mother. One day she decided the colour was too light…

Special Feature: Andrew Bolton on Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Exhibition (2010)

In honour of the acclaimed exhibition opening in London, I revisit an interview I did with curator Andrew Bolton when it made its New York debut.

Lyric: These Boots Were Made for Walkin’ (1966) by Nancy Sinatra

One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you.

I love being a woman and I was not one of these women who rose through professional life by wearing men’s clothes or looking masculine. I loved wearing bright colors and being who I am.

- Madeleine Albright

Excerpt: Paternal Advice

Yet here, Laertes! aboard, aboard, for shame! The wind sits in the shoulder of your sail, And you are stay’d for. There; my blessing with thee! And these…