The Way We Were

Rosemary Kavanagh's avatar Rosemary Kavanagh

My hand painted and varnished oil on canvas historical dresses and coats modeled by models representing all races and sexual diversity, depict fashion from the 1100's up to the 1950's. I cut up my oil paintings from juried and solo exhibitions in the last 30 years and sewed them by hand and machine using vintage and historical patterns My Civil War Dress was exhibited in a 50 Artists juried exhibition at Studio 23 in 2019, and all of my oil on canvas camp art was modeled in the Bronze Elegance Fashion Show in Ann Arbor in February/2020.. For my last dress I am oil painting Persian designs which my Pratt Institute friend (1970's) sent to me from Iran, and the outside cape will be painted in Celtic designs from The Book of Kells in Ireland. I recognized the ancient similarity between the two, realizing we are all on the same plane. The dresses may be mounted on dress stands or worn by models. I would prefer all 12 to be placed in a circle in a large space to be looked at from all angles.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 20 feet
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas Dresses
  • Width: 20 feet
  • Year created: 2019
  • Height: 6 feet