Jennifer Williams

What my daughter wore

nosebleed

Nose bleed

sugaestripes

Sugaestripes

redmask

Red Mask

batman

Batman

wolfhead

Wolf Head

dice

Dice

louisiannaLouisiana

oandc

O and C

Artist’s Statement

What My Daughter Wore captures the offbeat and whimsical sartorial choices of girls in the fleeting years between childhood and young adulthood. The project is inspired by my daughter Clementine her friends, who regularly hang out in our Williamsburg loft in New York City.

My drawings depict a unique moment in a girl’s life, when self-expression and individuality trump trends and the impulse to conform. From a dress borrowed from mom worn over vintage pants handed down by a big brother, to a Dr. Who T-shirt paired with a flouncy knee-length skirt, the girls of What My Daughter Wore are dressing only for themselves and discovering the power and joy of their own tastes and style. What My Daughter Wore is a celebration and snapshot of the uniqueness and creativity of the girls, the tween years, and of course the clothes.

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Jennifer Williams began the “What My Daughter Wore” project in her Brooklyn loft, where her live/work studio had morphed into a home overrun by her three children and their many friends. With less space to paint, she turned to drawing, inspired by the girls who surrounded her. The drawings, now collected in a book, combine the straightforward documentary quality of a street-style blog with the immediacy and emotion of the portraits that fill her sketchbooks.

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