Your mother's clothes
|Photo: New York Times|
Have you seen the wonderful photo essay, "Mom Genes", published last year in the New York Times? Sheila Heti asked various women to show and describe clothes or accessories once owned by their mothers, and now worn by them.
|Detail, Mom's suit blouse|
I have posted here on her silk blouse, which she wore with a suit at her 1931 wedding, and which hangs in my closet.
What endures most is the memory of the quality: a heathered tweed jacket with leather-piped buttonholes and bellows pockets, a bias-cut charmeuse nightgown.
Do you remember when Anne Klein made good clothes? When decent jackets came with extra buttons, and hems were finished with bias tape? Covered snaps, anyone? No wonder the younger generation wanted these hand-me-downs.
Where do you find the things your daughters or young friends may someday beg from you?