Megan’s post about bygone Hollywood fashion reminded me of an upcoming theatre project called My Life in Dresses. Created by Sorcha Kenny (winner of Dubline Fringe Festival’s 2008 Spirit of the Fringe Award for The Woman Who Left Herself) who is both playwright and vintage zealot, MLID is about clothes and the potential stories they have to tell through memory and association. Elements of the play will involve input from anyone who owns a piece of clothing with a history. Some of the narratives Sorcha has collected will be incorporated into the play, which premieres at the Fringe Festival in September. I interviewed her about it recently and the people she had spoken so far had fascinating stories to tell . One man, a widower still grieving for his late wife, had kept her entire wardrobe, including the going-away outfit she wore on their wedding day. There was also the fateful story of three unmarried sisters, all in their late 30s, who lived in 1930s New York. Their family deemed them spinsters who had collectively failed to “snag” a husband, only for all three women to get married in the same year, in the same venue and wearing the same dress. My Life in Dresses is not just confined to vintage clothes - Sorcha spoke to a 30-year-old friend who had had a daughter when she was very young. Her story focuses on a simple night-dress, which has a huge resonance, because she wore it the night she gave birth. Yvonne Nolan also contributed a wonderful tale about her grandmother’s wedding dress.
If you, or anyone you know, has a piece of clothing with a story to tell, get in touch with Sorcha at mylifeindressesATgmailCOM.
Link: My Life in Dresses