I am getting closer and closer to the June 25 opening of The Dresses/ Objects Project. The choreographer and dancers are well on their way in rehearsals, the behind-the-scenes team has been assembled to assist the production, the dresses are just waiting for a little mending, and we are scheduled to start installing on June 14. Oh, heart! In the meantime, I'm trying to keep my wandering thoughts focused on the to-do list and the things I can do before we begin to install. Aside from designing the postcards, shopping for dress forms and vintage slips, securing in-kind donations and coordinating meetings, I am also focusing on poetry, fashion, and photographs.
Today, it started with a favorite breakfast before my studio day. A scone, a cup of black tea, and a bowl of fresh fruit to accompany my thinking.
A bouquet of beautiful flowers has kept me company too, encouraging with yellows and purples and blues amidst an overcast day.
I'm writing a long poem for the walls of the exhibition to be scrolled behind the dresses and photographs and ephemera. I'm using my own text alongside found text from favorite crafting books, the amazing and horrifying Etiquette by Emily Post, and of course Tender Buttons too.
I still see shades of purple and gray wherever I go, encouraging my color study for the installation.
I'll be using these favorite cameras to create a few more fashion shoots. I like to use square format film alongside my trusty digital SLR.
I've gone back to a handful of favorite fashion shoots including this spread of Zooey Deschanel in C Magazine, September 2006. That light alone is just heartbreaking.
I love this spread in an old issue of Metro.Pop (issue 31). The background makes me swoon: warehouse walls peeking through lush draped fabric and models looking straight at the lens.
This one is a little more recent: the November 2009 issue of C Magazine.
I dug out an old inspiration folder and pulled out some of my favorite fashion images. This folder was full of torn out pages and dogeared corners from catalogs and magazines. Some of the images were tucked away years ago and it was fun to find them now and love them once again. I'll use these images to inspire the next photo shoot of artists wearing the dresses. Okay then, stay tuned...