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Listen: “Women in Clothes” Read Live

This glorious International Women’s Day I found myself listening to one of the best short stories I’d heard in a while, on the radio show Selected Shorts. It’s a book called Women in Clothes–and not really a short story but a compilation of true stories, almost like diary entries, from many different women of different backgrounds.  It’s about these women’s relationships with their garments, but also much more than that. The stories speak of concerns, insecurities, love, pride, comfort, hard work, toil, strife, gender identity, and even the power of a scented coat. What I love about these stories is they reveal Clothing as a language of communication.  Attire that speaks to you, about you.  Sartorial synchronization.  What do the inhabitants of your closet do to your personality, your character, your mood? My two favorites:  The story Clothes on the Ground, a conversation with a Cambodian garment worker.  Simply and beautifully told, it made me appreciate my undergarments a great deal more.  And This Person is a Robot about a smell scientist who goes into an NYC coat …

Grown Women Having a Modeling Moment

Yes, this rocks. Not only are these women “grown-up”, but they are also influential female powerhouses. There’s something in the air, and it feels like a fresh, new version of feminism:  Equality among the ages.  (feminism is defined as equality between the sexes, but why should age be left out?)  Joan Didion for Céline, 2015 and Joni Mitchell for Saint Laurent’s Music Project, 2015. I don’t mind seeing young, beautiful models in high fashion.  Pretty Young Things are, well, pretty and make everything around them sort of glow, it’s true.  But when I saw these ads of Joan and Joni I wanted to jump on my chair.  It felt like something REAL, and powerful… fashion as represented by women of experience and accomplishment.  (I feel it necessary here to make a note about women whose career is/was being a model, and who also do great work–there are many!  Liya Kebede, Karolina Kurkova, Natalia Vodianova, Christy Turlington-Burns, Lauren Hutton.. just to name a few). A young female writer, Elisa Rodriguez-Vila, recently wrote a short piece titled “What if all the major …