The Memory of Clothes

  • Robyn Gibson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. A Mother’s Love

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Victoria Campbell
      Pages 3-6
    3. Deborah Fraser
      Pages 7-15
    4. Robyn Gibson
      Pages 17-21
    5. Laurene Vaughan
      Pages 23-24
  3. The Generation Gap

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Alexandra Cutcher
      Pages 27-35
    3. Marianne Hulsbosch
      Pages 41-45
    4. Lea Mai
      Pages 47-50
  4. Creatures, Great and Small

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Josephine Fleming
      Pages 53-56
    3. Linda Hodson
      Pages 57-66
  5. Songlines1

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Robyn Ewing
      Pages 69-72
    3. Robyn Gibson
      Pages 73-74
  6. Men in Suits and Dresses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Paul Dufficy
      Pages 77-79
    3. Robyn Gibson, Paul Dufficy, David Smith, Laurence Coy, Joshua Barnes
      Pages 81-86
    4. Marty Murphy
      Pages 87-89
    5. David Smith
      Pages 91-93
  7. Dressing Up

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 94-94
    2. Robyn Gibson
      Pages 97-104
    3. John Hughes, Murray Picknett, Warrick Hart
      Pages 105-110
    4. Llian Merritt
      Pages 111-114
  8. Brothers and Sisters–Sons and Daughters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Nicole Brunker
      Pages 117-120
  9. Loved, Lost or Stolen

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Joshua Barnes
      Pages 127-131
    3. Christine Bruno
      Pages 133-137
    4. Jacqueline Molloy
      Pages 139-141
    5. Robbie Monkhouse
      Pages 143-144
    6. Ian Were
      Pages 145-149
  10. Changing Rooms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 150-150
    2. Raewyn Connell
      Pages 153-155
    3. Nell Greenwood
      Pages 157-159
    4. Brooke Roberts
      Pages 161-164
    5. Robyn Gibson
      Pages 165-166
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 167-173

About this book


Once hanging static in a wardrobe or folded away in a trunk, in recent times clothes have found themselves thrown into the spotlight. The crowds that are drawn to large scale fashion exhibitions staged with increasing frequency in galleries and museums around the world offer glimpses into the meaning that we attach to these items of clothing. Apart from their aesthetic value, clothes have the ability to evoke issues of identity, of the relation of self to body and self to the world. We are able to find ourselves through the experiences of delving into our wardrobes and remembering. Clothes are thus layered with meaning since they have the power to act as memory prompts. Woven into their fabric are traces of past experiences; stitched into their seams are links to people we have loved and lost. Viewed as visual objects, clothing is not frivolous, flippant or foolish. In telling and talking about clothes, we reveal much about ourselves, our lives and the experiences that we drape around our bodies. Whether bought or handmade, passed down or reconstructed, clothes help us to construct meaning as we remember those things in our lives that matter.


aesthetics clothes fashion identity memory

Editors and affiliations

  • Robyn Gibson
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SydneyAustralia

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