Years ago, I created this mixed media art of a particular dress had muselike qualities for me back in 1981.
Fancy dresses of earlier-era dances and dating continue to hold the residue of romance often missing in contemporary life. Afterall…women fought for the right wear pants.
I have always adored Wayne Thiebald’s dress painting after seeing it on a New Yorker cover.
Items of clothing as subjects in art often interest me more than the clothing that happens to be worn by a person in a portrait…such as Van Gogh’s boots shown in this selection from my 2012 series, Postcards to Myself.
Although this dress is not shown alone, the photograph emphasizes the graphic dots and the body underneath is barely there–from another series, Postcards to Toby.
My friend, Liz Brown, painted these beauties…
Another one that I found online in the spirit of the fancy dress is this frilly Party Dress, by Cynthia Reed.
The J. Peterman Catalog continues to advertise their wares as they always have…with beautifully painted and drawn illustrations, such as a simple dress all alone, floating without model, mannequin, or hanger.