In this absolutely unique treasure trove of fashion, family memoir and literature, Justine Picardie tells a sequence of stories that reveal the fabric of the past, and how a family has fashioned itself through the clothes that they have worn: from her mother's black wedding dress to her first party frock, a translucent winged fairy outfit that provided an early lesson in what we uncover, and what we cover up. She also tells of her encounters with fashion designers -- Karl Lagerfeld and Donatella Versace, among others; conversations with supermodels, and her search for Charlotte Bronte's ring. My Mother's Wedding Dress unravels why we care so much about clothes - the white satin and feathers and little black dresses with which we armour ourselves; the material of our lives. Above all, it is Justine Picardie's inimitable voice and thought-provoking quest for answers to her own past that make this book so special. 'An enticing combination of autobiography, biography, memoir, discourse, interviews, fashion notes, and dreams...a sparky and original book' Daily Mail 'Highly stylish and unusual, a selection of swatches that works as a whole' Sunday Telegraph
Justine Picardie writes for Vogue and the Daily Telegraph. Her critically acclaimed non-fiction memoir, If the Spirit Moves You , was a Picador bestseller in 2002, and her outstanding collection of memoirs, Truth or Dare and her first novel Wish I May were published in 2004. She lives in London with her husband and two sons.