by Jenny Williams
What My Daughter Wore is Brooklyn artist Jenny Williams' original collection of intimate and playful drawings capturing the inspired, offbeat, and whimsical sartorial choices of girls in the fleeting years between childhood and young adulthood. With her daughter Clementine as her original muse—but also inspired by her daughter's friends—Jenny depicts 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.
The What My Daughter Wore project began in Williams' Williamsburg loft, where her live/work artist's studio had gradually morphed into a setting familiar to every parent—a home overrun by her three kids and their many friends. Faced with diminishing space to paint, she turned to drawing, taking advantage of the ready inspiration the kids provided. The resulting drawings combine the straightforward documentary quality of a street-style blog with the immediacy and emotion of the portraits that fill Jenny's hundreds of private sketchbooks.
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