Fancy Wearing a Dress Made From 100,000 Dressmaker’s Needles?

by , 11/30/11   filed under: Eco-Art, Eco-Friendly Dresses

Susie MacMurray, Victoria & Albert Museum, U.K., United Kingdom, London, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, recycled fashion, upcycled fashion, recycled clothing, upcycled clothing, recycled dresses, upcycled dresses

You haven’t really suffered for fashion until you’ve donned Susie MacMurray’s “Widow,” a gown hewn from black Napa leather and more than 94 pounds of adamantine dressmaker pins. Now on view at the Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Power of Making” exhibit in London, the prickly garment translates the grief of lost love into a shroud that inflicts physical pain and repels human contact and sympathy. Widow is the fourth in a series of garment sculptures that explore concepts of female identity—pins have strong associations with so-called “women’s work”—and vulnerability. Look if you will, but touch at your own peril.

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3 Responses to “Fancy Wearing a Dress Made From 100,000 Dressmaker’s Needles?”

  1. AK says:

    Am I the only one to have doubtless association with the pinhead from Hellraiser?

  2. moni says:

    what an amazing piece of art! It makes me think of both silvery fur and torturetools, fairytales and nightmares. this gown has all the opposits I can think of and it´s both beautiful and horrible depending on how you choose to look at it. Fantastic! It makes my imagination go wild.

  3. Wordweaverlynn says:

    It’s spectacular, but I am on pins and needles wondering which it’s covered with. Needles in the headline, pins in the text.

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