catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Dressing Up

vol. 6, num. 19 :: 2007.10.19 — 2007.11.02

Some of the most significant events and religiously observed celebrations in our lives involve putting on special clothes—from dresses to costumes, family heirlooms to handmade suits.  This issue will explore stories and themes that are interwoven with getting all gussied up for a purpose.



Dressing up

A survey of 22 years of dressing one’s self culminates in a self portrait.


Dressing up is hard to do

Reflection on the lost art of getting gussied up.


State of dress

A series of images documenting a state-by-state art installation project.

The secret lives of dresses, Vol. 1

On the memories that can become woven into the fabric of our clothing.

Dressed up memories

Friends of catapult respond to a call for reflections on dressing up.

Adorned with stories

How our stories of identity can be woven into the fabric that adorns our bodies.


Everything that rises must converge

A review of Wes Anderson’s new film, The Darjeeling Limited.

Kirstin’s recommendations 10.19.07

Short reviews of The Lives of Others, Laura Veirs’ Year of Meteors and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.

Splendor in the grass

Ode on intimations of mortality from recollecting Little Miss Sunshine.

Grant’s recommendations 10.19.07

Short reviews of Radiohead, You and Me and Everyone We Know, a sensual 1990 book on the senses and Toto La Momposina’s Afro-pop.


In case you missed it the first time

Having a ball in my hometown

A local celebration provides an opportunity to reflect on love of place.

A theology of clothing

From Sunday best to "come as you are" styles, clothing our bodies can be an act of worship.

On thrift stores and things

Second-hand stores are good sources of bargains--and stuff.

What are you wearing?

A meditation on the "uniforms" we choose for different situations.

Weaving the web

Eco Fashion Challenge

Francesca Cassini details a journey to create an earth-conscious prom outfit.


Our Indian wedding

Preparing for a traditional Indian wedding is an ethnically European couple’s journey to honor global connections.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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