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Real Clothes, Real Lives: Kiki Smith

Real Clothes, Real Lives: Kiki Smith

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An unprecedented look at women’s everyday clothes—from Sylvia Plath’s Girl Scout uniform to psychedelic microminis, modern suits, and fast-food workers’ uniforms—this fascinating volume shows how American women from every background have lived, worked, and dressed for 200 years.

Groundbreaking in its focus on the everyday clothing of ordinary American women—a subject neglected in most fashion histories—Real Clothes, Real Lives highlights over 300 garments and accessories from the Smith College Historic Clothing Collection. This unique survey honors countless lives, tracing through the lens of dress how women’s roles have changed over the decades. Each piece holds colorful stories about the woman who wore it, the one who made or bought it, and her context in place and time. Whether homemade or ready-made, many of the garments are modest and inexpensive. Some are one-of-a-kind pieces; others are examples of clever making-do, which seems particularly relevant today; and most reflect the popular styles of their era. Among the many extraordinary examples are a rare World War I uniform worn by an American woman working behind enemy lines and a 1970s go-go dancer’s costume. Exceptional photography and rich archival visuals accompany the highly readable texts, which offer a wealth of historical and social analysis of a side of fashion and feminism rarely considered.

Return Policy: All non-vintage clothing, shoes, jewelry, and accessories—unworn and with original tags—may be returned for store credit within 7 days upon receipt. All vintage clothing and accessories are final sale. For this reason, we encourage you to read the measurements listed on the garment you are considering and measure a similar garment in your own closet to confirm whether or not the piece is right for you. If you feel a vintage item that you purchased was not as described, please reach out to us at lauren@mkquinlan.com. All home goods and accessories are final sale. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please reach out to us at mk@mkquinlan.com.

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