Sew & Tell

Premiere DateSep 14, 2012
Categories Media Talk
00:00 DJ Marie (Underneath: Eyes Forward Lymbyc System)
03:18 Interview with Emily Spivack of Threaded
09:21 DJ Marie
10:12 Woolgatherer Conveyor
13:55 Heartbeat Kopecky Family Band
17:03 Long May You Love Jason Collett
21:02 DJ Marie
22:02 Interview with Emily Spivack
29:24 DJ Marie
31:05 Unsurfed Waves Snowblink
34:41 Fifty Fifty The Luyas
38:34 Downtown Option The Raveonettes
41:17 DJ Marie
42:12 Interview with Emily Spivack
47:53 DJ Marie
50:00 Halls Of The Summer Caspian
55:09 Finish

“Everyone has a piece of clothing that has a story attached to it, or they’ve done something in what they’re wearing, and they can share that story… it’s universal.” – Emily Spivack

Remember that scarf you got in college (right after you broke up with your first big love) and still have? Or the sweater you stole from your sister in high school, and never gave back? Writer and artist Emily Spivack is a fashion historian/documentarian/anthropologist, who has been collecting personal stories and memories that are attached to the things in peoples’ closets. In addition to writing the Smithsonian blog Threaded, focused on fashion history, Emily also offers two amazing blogs of her own, Sentimental Value and Worn Stories. The first is a collection of stories that Emily has found on Ebay, posted along with the item for sale, and the second is a series of first-hand narratives about favorite/meaningful garments and accessories, from a variety of artists, designers, and writers. On today’s show, Emily will talk about her work for The Smithsonian, how she started to collect stories from Ebay, and why fast fashion doesn’t allow for the cultivation of a meaningful closet.

Plus, tons of great new music from The Raveonettes, Jason Collett, The Luyas, Conveyor, and more, and articles, favorites, and gossip from New York Fashion Week! So join us now as we get personal… in style.

Selections from Sentimental Value: Clothing Stories From Ebay, collected by Emily Spivack
(All photos courtesy of Sentimental Value & Ebay)

*Click on the link above each photo to read these amazing stories…

Size 12 ASOS bodycon mini dress pink & blue cross straps goth clubwear cyber

Tried on twice but never worn wedding gown – David’s Bridal T8923 listed for charity

Womens 8 1/2 Track Spike Shoes

Seamless Nylon Stockings (**as mentioned in the interview)

Selections from Worn Stories, collected & edited by Emily Spivack
(All photos courtesy of Worn Stories)

*Click on the link above each photo to read about these pieces…

Stephanie Diamond, artist & founder of the Listings Project

Fiona Helmsley, Writer

Lizz Wasserman, designer of LA-based women’s wear line popomomo (click here to listen to Lizz’s interview on Sew & Tell)

Caitlin Mociun, designer of Brooklyn-based clothing, jewelry & textile line Mociun

Jill Meisner, Brooklyn-based creative PR professional

Jonathan Levine, writer & director

Scott Bodenner, textile designer

Be sure to read Emily’s post about the history of New York Fashion Week, and find more of her fashion history writing on Threaded.

Emily’s Picks for….
*Fluke Vintage – formerly Brooklyn, now in L.A.
*Vagabond – Philadelphia

Art shows and/or pieces from the last 6 months:

Hassan Khan, Jewel from The Ungovernables at the New Museum

Jayson Musson Halcyon Days at Salon 94

Sol LeWitt at MASS MoCA

Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVIII at MoMA

Museum at Cortland Alley, NYC (located in a freight elevator)

Sabrina Gschwandtner, Sunshine and Shadow at LMAKprojects

Fall treats
*Anything with pumpkin or squash
*Apple cider donuts
*Hot toddy

Best things she read over the summer
*Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton
*The Bear Slayer by David Quammen – thanks to Paola!
*Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion

Music on rotation this summer
*Frank Ocean
*“Get Free” from Major Lazer, ft. Amber of Dirty Projectors (on repeat!)

Tidbits from NYFW:
My pick for this week’s favorite S/S 2013 collection
– Google collaborates with DVF to bring futuristic glasses to the catwalk
– An editor slapped a PR rep at the Zac Posen show (?!)
Critics weigh in on Katie Holmes’ new collaboration line Holmes & Yang
– Mandy Moore is becoming a fashion icon?
– BTR’s own Lauren Hawker covers Alice + Olivia S/S 2013

In the spirit of Emily…

I thought I would offer two of my own favorite pieces. There were so many to chose from! But these two came to mind pretty immediately. If you have a story about a piece in your closet that you’d like to share, please post it on the Sew & Tell Facebook page!

My mother had this apple necklace when I was a baby. I can remember resting my head on her chest to go to sleep when she had this on. It’s one of my earliest memories, and so clear and tactile – I still remember how the jade of the pendant felt warm from her skin. I love wearing it, and hope that I can pass along that same memory to my own child one day.

These shoes were given to me by photographer Liz Cecil, one of my Teaching Assistants during a year-long photography program I completed in Maine. We were all stuck during a very stark winter on the mid-coast, and it was incredibly beautiful, but also incredibly insular and lonely at times. It was a small group of students – only six of us – so we all became quite close. TJ Maxx was one of about 5 places to shop where we lived, but there were some amazing treasures to be found at that TJ’s! Liz had bought these there, but ended up not wanting them. Incredibly, both of us tall women wore the same size shoe, so she offered them to me. Every time I wear them, I feel like I have a special secret – they are whimsical, flashy, and yet somehow still simple. I wore them the day after my wedding, and adore them – I will never let go of my silver sparkle shoes!

Kopecky Family Band
(Photo by Parker Fitzgerald)
Oct 6 – Soundland – Nashville, TN
Oct 12 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
Oct 17 – Mojo’s = Columbia, MO
Oct 18 – S.P.A.C.E. – Evanston, IL
Oct 19 – Do317 Lounge – Indianapolis, IN
Oct 20 – Rumba Cafe – Columbus, OH
Oct 22 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY
Oct 23 – Milkboy Philly – Philadelphia, PA

Jason Collett
(Photo by Jeremy R. Jansen, courtesy of CanvasMedia)
Sept 17 – TT the Bear’s – Cambridge, MA
Sept 19 – The Bell House – Brooklyn, NY
Oct 2 – Great Hall – Toronto, Ontario
Oct 3 – London Music Club – London, Ontario
Oct 4 – The Casbah – Hamilton, Ontario
Oct 6 – Black Sheep Inn – Wakefield, Quebec
Oct 7 – Lion D’Or – Montreal, Quebec
Oct 10 – Joe’s Pub – New York, NY
Oct 23 – St. Ann’s Auditorium – Victoria, British Columbia
Oct 24 – The Rio Theatre – Vancouver, British Columbia
Oct 30 – West End Cultural Centre – Winnipeg, Manitoba
Nov 25 – Oran Mor – Glasgow, United Kingdom
Nov 29 – The Haunt – Brighton, United Kingdom
Dec 5 – Bahnhof Langendreer – Bochum, Germany
Dec 7 – Beatpol – Dresden, Germany

The Luyas
(Photo by Susan Moss)
Sept 29 – You Say Party! @ Great Half – Toronto, Ontario
Dec 4 – Point Ephemere – Paris, France

Host Britt
Britt (formerly DJ Marie) has a passion for all forms of art, as well as for the creative process. She has a BA in Communications/Theater and a Post-Bacc in Photography from Maine Media Workshops. Britt began…