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White Dress, Dyed - Hand sewn garment - 2020

 

This garment was created as a way to investigate the ethics of the cottage core aesthetic. Although cottage core imagery is visually appealing, I was troubled by the romanticization of imagery that is based on a white supremacist, heterosexual-patriarchal ideal. I wanted to create something that simultaneously celebrated the aesthetic and critiqued it subtly. In constructing the garment, I wanted to reference the historical discourse that has surrounded the white dress (in particular Marie Antoinette), and ultimately decided on drawing inspiration from the regency era. The act of dyeing the bottom of the garment is intended to reference Helen Frankenthaler’s soak-stain technique and highlight the impracticality of a white dress.

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