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Art Exhibit Looks at the Art of Dresses Throughout History


By Kathleen Cammarata

An art opening by Kathleen Cammarata looking at the history of dresses will take place Sunday, March 10.

Western women have been wearing dresses since the eleventh century. The dress identified a woman’s place in society. Most of the evidence about dresses in the ancient world comes from the depiction of people in the art of the time. Images of Egyptians on papyrus and Greeks on vases show both males and females in draped costumes.

In the twentieth century, we see the dress itself as an art form rather than an illustration. Andy Warhol’s “Soup Dress,” Beverly Semmes’s “Big Silver,” and Leslie Dill’s word dresses are pieces of art that comment on society.

As an artist, I have broached this subject several times over the years. In this exhibit, I display four different vintages of work.

Fifteen colorful monoprints show dresses combined with familiar words and sayings. Six monoprints from the series “A Dozen Dirty Dresses” are brown ink on white paper. Five large, subtly colored mixed-media pieces use sewing patterns as part of the image. And six pastels on gray paper show girls wearing white dresses.

Just as our own clothing choices speak volumes about us, so does the clothing chosen by the artist in their work.

This exhibit takes place Sunday, March 10, 2–5pm, at Alameda 6 (GPS 5), or by appointment by emailing


Art opening

Art of the Dress

Sun, Mar 10, 2–5pm

Alameda 6 (GPS 5)



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