Artists Remake the World
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26 September 2019

White dresses

“Dresses are wed to a vision of the world”, writes historian Georges Vigarello in his book La Robe. Une histoire culturelle, Du Moyen Age à aujourd’hui (Seuil, 2018). From the corset to the mini-skirt by way of trousers, the evolution of feminine fashion throughout History illustrates the evolution in women’s rights: as women emancipate themselves socially, economically and politically, fabrics get lighter and cuts less restrictive, offering greater freedom of movement. Which is why artists regularly revisit the wedding dress, the clothing item most symbolic for social norms, to denounce what goes on beneath the hemline.

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