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Neck Corset + Belt | Skirt and Underskirt | Bodice
This whole work began with a proposal and the general premise of the show "Let Them Eat Fake" (more details?). After the first idea was sprung the progress began with a simple sketch and overview of how I wanted to create this garment and overall how i wanted to execute this project. Below you can see the pages form my sketchbook (apologies for the wordage in the notes, I am dyslexic)
After the sketch and plan was finished and some measuring was done I moved to cutting out my fabric and patter pieces. I did this all in one step as to make sure I had enough fabric to complete the project ahead of time. After each patter peace was cut out I labeled them to keep myself form getting confused and go to work on each of the parts separately.
Additionally there was a lot of material experimentation with this garment. I tried different embroidery patterns out, different types of application for fake blood, paint, ect.
Around the first of November I took some progress shots to be shown to the gallery organizer. this was about the progress I had made between the start of the project (October 24th) and that day (November 1st). Keeping in mind that I was spending an average of 8 hours per day working on this.
After all of that I was ready to document the garment. in total the creation of this peace took me about one full month. If you include the documentation it took just over 30 days! I took both Polaroid photos that lived in the psychical world as well as some digital images which were purely for social media. After all that was said and done it was time to take the finished work to the gallery to install.
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The Guillotine Dress
“The Guillotine Dress” Mixed Media (Cotton muslin, acrylic paint, glass and plastic beads, fake blood, synthetic bone, embroidery thread, synthetic lace, synthetic twill, and silk), 2022, Z. Fondanarosa