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The Way We Were/ 14 oil on canvas historical dresses

Rosemary Kavanagh's avatar Rosemary Kavanagh

Over the past two years I have cut up my political oil paintings and following vintage and historical patterns, have sewn them into coats and dresses. They were worn in "The Bronze Elegance Fashion Show' at UM in February of 2020, as 'Camp Fashion' where they came to life when modeled by beautiful Asian, Black professional models from Detroit, elegant white and Black male models, and a french female model. One was exhibited in the juried 50 Michigan Artists 2020, where I won an Honorable Mention for the 'Afghanistan Dress'. I am working on a 'Dichotomy Dress', and will have it finished by August. It is an historical Regis pattern for a queen, with an outer sleeveless robe, made from faux cow hide with numerous pockets, each holding white antique china dolls on the outer robe and African American dolls from the same period on the dress beneath.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth:
  • Medium: Oil on canvas, fabric paint on antique silk.
  • Width: 5 feet at bottom of fullest skirt
  • Year created: 2019
  • Height: 6 feet with dress forms