An exploration of a life in clothes: their memories and stories, enchantments and spells. From her mother's black wedding suit to the swirling patterns of her own silk kimono, her memoir unfolds the spellbinding power of the things we wear.
In this remarkable self-portrait, fashion curator Claire Wilcox has set out mementoes of her life like objects in an exhibition. Short chapters, some only half a page, are displayed like treasures in a cabinet of curiosities, following no chronological order ... Patch Work: A Life Amongst Clothes juxtaposes the author’s reflections on garments and precious fabrics with glimpses of family, illness, death, motherhood, hair, a lost child, the destruction wrought by moths (the curse of the Romans, who wore wool) and even a leaky roof. The result is magical ...Her spellbinding memoir is like a cherished book of poetry, one to be dipped into over and again.
Wilcox, senior curator of fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum, has devoted her professional life to the care, protection, and exhibition of objects: a silk-lined wallet, delicately hand-stitched linen, fragile lace garments resplendent with spangles and gilt. In a captivating memoir illustrated with photographs of cherished objects, the author describes, in radiant, sensuous prose, her often painstaking tasks and her development as a curator, which began with an entry-level part-time position ... Although these glimpses backstage at the museum are fascinating, equally so are Wilcox’s evocative recollections of childhood, marriage, her parents’ deaths, and motherhood to three children, including a daughter who suffered a frightening illness and a son who died very young. A finely crafted memoir of luminous vignettes.
Wilcox, senior curator of fashion at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, debuts with a fascinating memoir of her life and passion for clothing ... Wilcox eschews linear chronology to create a textual mood board that flits dreamily from intimate childhood memories and poignant remembrances of her father...to penetrating character studies of style and design figures including Alexander McQueen and Kahlo.. The author’s enthusiasm is apparent throughout, and where she really shines is in her poignant memories about family members and friends. This intricate work enchants.