A-Z Uniform Series 1991 – 2002
May 15–June 28, 2003
A BRIEF HISTORY OF A-Z UNIFORMS:
A-Z SIX MONTH UNIFORMS
Most of us to own a favorite garment that makes us look and feel good, but social etiquette dictates that we wear a different change of clothes every day. Sometimes this multitude of options can actually feel more restrictive that a self-imposed constant. Because I was tired of the tyranny of constant variety, I began a six-month uniform project. Starting in 1991 I would design and made one perfect dress for each season, and would then to wear that dress every day for six months. Although utilitarian in principle, I often found that there was often a strong element of fantasy or emotional need invested in each season’s design. The experiment as a whole worked quite well, especially since dreaming up the next season’s design helped relieve any monotony that might have occurred from wearing the same dress every day.
A-Z PERSONAL PANEL UNIFORMS
After four years of making uniforms I began to find more and more difficult to come up with a new style of dress each season, so I decided to create some guidelines to make the decision a little easier. I looked around at the numerous rules that had already been made by other designers, particularly by the Russian Constructivists. Their idiom that “geometric patterns maintained the integrity of the fabric (which was woven in rectangles)”was arbitrary in one way, lucid and sensible in another. As a way to push this rule to its absurd yet logical conclusion, I decided to take the position that all dresses should only be made from rectangles…almost as if the fabric had been sliced from the bolt. The most interesting thing about the rectangular format is that the creative variations within it become almost limitless and it was possible to achieve the effect of either a prom dress or a blacksmith’s apron, with a few suggestive details.