Emily Spivack has spent the past ten years exploring how clothing functions from a variety of cultural, historical, and therapeutic perspectives. Since 2007, Spivack has been collecting stories about clothing and memory from eBay posts for the web-based art project she curates, Sentimental Value. In 2010, Spivack launched Worn Stories, a collection of stories from interesting people about clothing and memory. The Worn Stories book was published by Princeton Architectural Press earlier this year to rave reviews.
Spivack is the creator and writer of the Smithsonian’s blog about fashion history called Threaded. For six years, she was the Executive Director of Shop Well with You, a not-for-profit organization she founded which helps women with cancer improve their body image and quality of life. Spivack has lectured at art schools and universities including, New York University, Brown, the Fashion Institute of Technology, Pratt, and Parsons. She serves on the board of Brown's Entrepreneurship Program and was an award recipient of Eileen Fisher’s Women Change the World Everyday campaign. Spivack graduated in Art and Semiotics from Brown, where she was awarded the William and Alethe Weston Fine Arts Award.