Not Just Any Dress: Narratives of Memory, Body, and Identity

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This collection of short stories, essays, and poems features dress as the structural grounding for autobiographical accounts of women's lives in Western society. Often personal in nature, these "dress stories: point unfailingly to matters of social and cultural import. Some of the dresses described inhabit the popular imagination: the little girl dress, the communion dress, the school uniform, the prom dress, the wedding dress, the little black dress, and the burial dress. Beyond the semiotic, tactile, and visual aspects of the dresses themselves, the narratives delve into what dresses reveal about fundamental aspects of human experience: identity, embodiment, relationship, and mortality. Bought or made, then worn, forgotten, remembered, re-constructed, and re-interpreted, each dress offers a new glimpse into how we construct meaning in our daily lives, and how dresses serve to reinforce or resist social structures and cultural expectations.
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Table of Contents

1 "Dress Stories" 3
2 That Saturday night all her clothes fell apart and broke into song 11
3 Collecting loss : photographs, dresses, "paperies" 15
4 Communion dress violations 39
5 "I'll never find a dress" : shopping for the prom 45
6 No red shoes 57
7 Boxed-in by my school uniform 61
8 Tunique desires 67
9 In front of the closet : (ad)dressing the academic 73
10 Was it something I wore? 83
11 My green robe : scholae personae 89
12 Curse you Descartes! : my academic gown 99
13 Basic black : a wardrobe primer for seasoned academic women 105
14 A credit to her mother 111
15 Fashioning pregnancy : the maternity dress in clothing catalogues 127
16 The Christmas doll 137
17 Constraining mother : corsetry, control, and comfort 145
18 (Wo)man time and m(other) sins 157
19 Bridesmaid dress : thick description 163
20 Try this one on for size : poetic notes from wedding dress research 165
21 Nailing it : my wedding dress 171
22 Made in China 183
23 Revealing veiling and unveiling 191
24 Scarf signatures 207
25 Love affair with my Isishweshwe 211
26 Fashion statement 219
27 At the ugly ducklings anonymous meeting 223
28 Writing bare-breasted 225
29 Not just any little black dress 229
30 Dressing death : Elsie never wore a prom dress 239
31 Fashion for the soul 247
32 Theorizing dress stories 251
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