In the Netflix documentary «The clothes that marked us» we discover how clothes and fashion can mean very different things to each one and the stories (curious, originales, strange or exciting) that hide behind those clothes.
A few weeks ago, the documentary «The clothes that marked us» was released around the world on Netflix. (Worn Stories in English). It is fun, tender and emotional docuserie tells the fascinating and unique stories of real people about their most precious pieces of clothing. In this documentary in 8 Netflix chapters tell stories about the meanings behind the clothes most valued by their characters. It is performed by Jenji Kohan (Orange Is the New Black) and is an adaptation of the bestseller "Worn Stories" by Emily Spivack, columnist of New York Times, which was based on the same concept: discover the personal stories or curiosities that exist behind each outfit or outfit in rehearsal form.
This documentary has a wonderful approach to the moda and the clothes (or not to wear it) which shows that Beyond the garment itself, what should be valued is what it means for each one and how it makes us feel ... That at the end of the day is the most important! An optimistic and simple vision of how people find our essence through clothing. Stories of common people about common clothes but that in the end turn out to be exceptional. Show that there is a way to turn clothes into more than a prison, in a way of being free and enjoying life.
«Next time you praise someone's shirt – or any other garment- , ‘Worn Stories’ it will make you want to search deeper for that special story woven into its fabric »Fletcher Peters: Paste Magazine
Its importance in the world of fashion and clothing
I believe that «The clothes that marked us» presents us with a series of stories that show how fashion and clothing help us, protect or excite, is a clear example of how the clothes we wear (Either in our day to day or in special moments) can define ourselves or make us feel better. Both carry it and not carry it, por supuesto.
Esto demonstrates a subjective approach to wearing and enjoying fashion or clothing which makes it even more interesting because when trying to homogenize what "fashion" is as such, it is impossible to give a concrete and accurate answer: it is something that is alive and that is displayed individually. This documentary is a way of clearly seeing how there is not only "one fad" but that there are as many fashions as there are humans in the world.
This is clearly shown through the garments and how each one means different things to each person: A pair of jeans can be a daily uniform or a token of liberation. A dress can simply be a solution for styling quick or personal reassurance. Leggings can be a depreciated garment or something that makes you relive very important times in your life. A hat can be a funny accessory or something that helps you raise your voice and make yourself present… (All these examples are clearly seen in the documentary «The clothes that marked us»)
Además, Throughout the chapters we see all kinds of people pass by, desde normal people to exceptional people, common people or famous (The appearance of Charo Cuchi Cuchi seems very interesting to me with the dresses created by her own sister), people who have been through sweet moments or bitter moments (I was struck by the story of the passenger from the flight that crashed into the Hudson River in 2009 and how his shattered boots accompanied him those days). It puts us in front of the reality that each and every one of us values clothing almost without knowing it.. Of natural form, as it accompanies us in our day to day it is inevitable that it does not represent part of us, of our experiences, memories or illusions.