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Sean Christopher Galloway

Sean Christopher Galloway

A Model of Obliscence I intended to write a moving epigraph on these perfect, high-ankle black designer leather boots that my older brother gave to me at his house in rural Missouri,...

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Shu-Ling Chua

Shu-Ling Chua

Like an Egg on a Spoon On our third date, sharing a comfy sofa at a bar in Werribee, you asked what my favourite colour was. “Why are you asking me?” It had seemed a child-like...

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Julia English

Julia English

I rarely get rid of clothes, and don’t have many items that haunt me; the closest thing would be a red and green swing-coat of my nan’s, which sits waiting for me to practise my...

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Susie Campbell

Susie Campbell

Ghost Garments I am haunted by the ghostly presence of Agnes Richter’s strange, hand-embroidered jacket. It has an uncanny presence.  Even psychologist Gail Hornstein says...

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Annie Taylor

Annie Taylor

When I was little, I was dressed in my brother’s cast-offs. That was fine, I was his constant shadow. Eventually though I discovered other influences and went a little clothes-mad....

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Clare Daněk

Clare Daněk

When asked about ‘Your favourite piece of clothing or textile object?’ ‘Your dream outfit or textile object?’ ‘A piece of clothing or textile object that haunts you?’, it occurred to...

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Gaurav Monga

Gaurav Monga

The Posticheur  There are very few people left who would recognise this profession. Ever since women have started wearing their hair short, the craft of a posticheur is not...

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Wendy Ward

Wendy Ward

Enduring Fashion ‘A bit too big.Coming apart at some of the seams, the lining a bit tatty in places.Weather worn wrinkles in the leather, a web of interwoven lines.Lines that have...

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Caroline Collett

Caroline Collett

Inspiration and identity—why do we wear what we wear? Choosing what to wear is often a straightforwardly functional affair. There’s rainwear for the rain, beachwear for the beach,...

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Didem Caia

Didem Caia

Suitable for Women For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a man. Not a boy but a man. Growing up I don’t think I really knew what that meant, but there are a collection of...

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Claire Wellesley-Smith

Claire Wellesley-Smith

The Cardigan The cardigan was very basic: black cotton fine knit, long length, buttons, a masculine cut but bought in Top Shop - I wore it for years. Then the pockets developed holes...

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Anne M Carson

Anne M Carson

The textile I want to describe is from The Lady and the Unicorn, a series of six 15th Century tapestries considered medieval masterpieces. I found an embroidery version of...

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Hanife Melbourne

Hanife Melbourne

After 18 months of living in covid-induced slob-gear I’m here to share my clothing memories, adorations, hauntings, and dreams. I have loved reading Textile Message posts from...

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Susan Bradley Smith

Susan Bradley Smith

After finishing undergraduate studies in Sydney I spent the 1980s in London as a young journalist. Part of my job involved turning up at formal functions, and one lunchtime my...

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Leila Lois

Leila Lois

Since I can remember, textiles have provoked feelings of comfort, wonderment and desire. Like most children I had a comfort blanket, a cotton sateen pillow, printed with meadow...

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Claire HM

Claire HM

Your favourite piece of clothing? (cw: weight loss)I’ve a clothes-buying confession to make. The things that I love most in my wardrobe are those things that are new. My heart...

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Emilie Collyer

Emilie Collyer

I find the textile message prompts existentially confronting. What does it mean to claim something as ‘favourite’? Is it a statement piece, like this yellow coat dress I found in a...

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Fiona O’Connor

Fiona O’Connor

Where I went to school little girls learned to sew. In 1968 the school inspectorate praised the girls of Belgrove National School in Dublin, ‘for the neatness of their handwriting,...

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Claire Rosslyn Wilson

Claire Rosslyn Wilson

I don’t normally dress boldly, I prefer the convenience of having an easy-to-match wardrobe, but I have a secret love for loud colours and complex patterns. Perhaps because of this,...

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Mira Robertson

Mira Robertson

A piece of clothing that haunts you? The coat was olive green, knee length, and made of hairy wool that gave it a somewhat shaggy appearance. To my current-day eye, stylish and...

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Clare Archibald

Clare Archibald

Your favourite piece of clothing? Textiles are so interwoven in my mind with the colour language they offer it is perhaps not surprising that my favourite piece of clothing is one I...

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