Review published on March 21, 2017.
Wear and Tear by Tracy Tynan is a memoir filled with extravagance and guilty pleasures. When Tracy was a young girl, her parents lived a life of progressive attitudes and lavish parties, which she would attend with them, mixing with the biggest Hollywood stars.
From a young age, Tracy developed a sense of style and her love of clothes and fashion are all too apparent. As an amateur dressmaker myself, the book struck a chord with the determination of Tracy to be an individual and dress in her own way.
Tracy was a privileged girl in many ways, meeting many famous people but also having to endure the turmoil of her parent’s relationships and affairs, which must have had a negative effect on her. Living in this high society atmosphere influenced Tracy, who went on to become a successful costume designer.
Each chapter is cleverly based around an item or items of clothing that influenced Tracy at a time while her parents were flying back and forth across the world attending glittering parties.
Tracy describes in detail growing up in the shadow of Kenneth Tynan, an essentially private man, narcissistic in nature, and explains how she made peace with him at the end.
The book is a poignant diary of life during this period, Tracy’s own journey coming of age and forging ahead with her own career whilst trying to deal with the fall out from her parents. It is expertly written and an interesting read for anyone interested in glamour, gossip or high fashion.
Glenda Worth 5/5
Wear and Tear: The Threads of My Life by Tracy Tynan
Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd 9780715651506 hbk Feb 2017