Dress Sculptures

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A series of dress sculptures made from maps and money. Concerned with Gender politics, the maps define and claim the female body as territory.

'Money Dress' is on show here at the Royal Geographic Society 2010 as part of the exhibition 'Creative Compass'. Also shown at Bellevue Arts Museum, Seattle, USA in "Love Me Tender" 2013.
Based on the style of dress worn in the 1890's by British Female Explorers, the piece was made in honour of Catherine Routledge, who fell into a crevice in Panama and was saved by her crinoline when it caught on a tree branch. The dress is made with used paper currency from all over the world. The collars, belt and cuffs from money with female figureheads on and the rest of the dress from money with male figure heads on, which are turned inwards so you see the backs. The intention was that the whole dress would be made from currency with female figureheads on but they are prohibitively rare. As well as being made in honour of Catherine Routledge the piece is based on the idea of female territory and power being enabled by economic independence. 'Money Dress' is part of a series of sculptural dresses made from maps and mixed media, which includes 'Colonial Dress', 'Cartographic Dress', 'Empire Dress', 'Highland Dress', 'Coffee Dress' and small studies (see images).

Photos Colin Hampden-White & Susan Stockwell.

Date: 2010

Measurements: life-size

Material: paper money notes, maps, cotton thread, armature

Provenance: London, UK

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