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What My Daughter Wore

Foreword by Olivia Bee

What My Daughter Wore is Brooklyn artist Jenny Williams' original collection ofintimate and playful drawings capturing the inspired, offbeat, and whimsical sartorialchoices of girls in the fleeting years between childhood and young adulthood. Withher daughter Clementine as her original muse-but also inspired by her daughter'sfriends-Jenny depicts a unique moment in a girl's life, when self-expression andindividuality trump trends and the impulse to conform.

From a dress borrowed from mom worn over vintage pants handed down by a bigbrother, to a Dr. Who T-shirt paired with a flouncy knee-length skirt, the girls of WhatMy Daughter Wore are dressing only for themselves and discovering the power andjoy of their own tastes and style. What My Daughter Wore is a celebration andsnapshot of the uniqueness and creativity of the girls, the tween years, and of coursethe clothes.

The What My Daughter Wore project began in Williams' Williamsburg loft, where herlive/work artist's studio had gradually morphed into a setting familiar to every parent-ahome overrun by her three kids and their many friends. Faced with diminishing spaceto paint, she turned to drawing, taking advantage of the ready inspiration the kidsprovided. The resulting drawings combine the straightforward documentary quality ofa street-style blog with the immediacy and emotion of the portraits that fill Jenny'shundreds of private sketchbooks.

Jenny Williams is an artist and illustrator. Her blog, What My DaughterWore, was named one of the 25 Best Blogs of 2013 by Time, and has attracted aloyal and enthusiastic following. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, NewYork, Rolling Stone, and The Source. As the artist behind What My Daughter Wore,she has recently been profiled in numerous art/fashion publications, including SpanishVogue, Refinery 29, and die Zeit. She works and lives in Brooklyn with her husbandand three children. Olivia Bee is a 20-year-old photographer and director from Portland, Oregon. Living half out of a suitcase and half out of her loft in Brooklyn, New York, and forever seeking colorful experiences, she is intrigued by the beauty of everyday life and the beauty of memories (real or imagined) and how they touch us.