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June 17, 2006

Carnivale of the Couture #21 – Ritual Cloth: The Power of Fashion & Memory (Part 2)

Filed under: Fashion,Musings,Ritual Cloth — Gigi @ 7:55 am

by Diva Gigi 

Margy Houtz sent us her own touching Ritual Cloth story for the Carnivale of the Couture. I’d like to share it with you today.


There are two suits I made, one 35 years ago, and
another, about 32 years ago, that were truly Ritual
Cloths for me.

The first suit, a natural linen, was what I was sewing
when I informed my first husband I wanted a divorce.
The seams were filled with an inner dialog: should I?
what happens then? what about our 2-year-old daughter?
What will returning to work full-time as a single
mother be like? (The suit was planned for wearing on
the first day of my new job). When I finally found the
courage to say what had to be said, I was hemming the
skirt, and forevermore (or for the life of the skirt)
I would associate that suit with sadness, loss,
relief, courage and the excitement of a new direction
in my life.

The second suit was a beautiful white boucle
Chanel-type suit that I made for the third date with
the man who would become my second (and final!)
husband. Those seams and linings were imbued with the
hopes and dreams that I had thought were never going
to come true for me. Six months later he proposed, and
I wore my lovely white suit happily for many years.


  1. I stumbled across your blog on a search for “fabulous blogs”…now I know why you are considered fabulous! It looks like we have more in common than blogging!

    Comment by Fabio has something to say — June 17, 2006 @ 2:57 pm

  2. Linking a project to an experience is something I do, too. There are times when I’m waiting for news (family, medical tests, etc.) and I just don’t work on anything at all because I don’t want bad news to be forever associated with that project. I’m such a wimp!

    Comment by karla — June 18, 2006 @ 12:20 pm

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