The dress is installed vertically with 16 ostrich feathers placed underneath it on the floor. The work was originally commissioned and made for the ‘Lookout’ 1998 exhibition programme, supported by Waterstones Bookshop, Brighton and Thames & Hudson publishers. It was displayed in the Waterstones shop window in Brighton in this exhibition.
Materials and techniques
Two polyester, nylon hand/ home-made 1970’s Wedding Dresses were used in making. The dresses were both sourced in second hand charity shops in Brighton. They were tried on and worn by the maker and photographed before any cutting/ unpicking took place. Areas of both dresses were cut in different ways, areas such as yoke and sleeve details were unpicked and kept whole to be reconstructed as original parts. The warp is cotton yarn and stripped polyester boning. The work was woven on a homemade large wooden frame loom, about the size of a door frame, in an unconventional way. While weaving, loom tensions were manipulated to configure the works female form. Once cut off the loom, warp thread/boning ends were knotted and hand and machine sewn over to secure top and bottom of the work.