Running Against the Wind

The Victorian head of household dressed his women to display family wealth & position in society. Girls were dressed to attract attention & groomed like racehorses to get ready for courtship. Women were considered weaker & unequal to men legally & socially, however became resistant to the oppression by men & gained total independence with rights to vote. This avant-garde headpiece is a tribute to all women who fought both men & fellow women to make a difference. It also celebrates today's women who choose to dress with confidence to reflect self-image rather than being mannequins to display family status. The work resembles an oversized hat from 18th century.

 

Materials/Techniques: Wire attached, hand painted and pleated sinamay material embroidered with silk thread & embellished in coloured pearl-purl, iridescent vintage sequins and decorated with grosgrain ribbon.