The Dress (1999-2001)

The Dress was a collaborative photographic experiment about performing imaginary stories and my first series of photographs. Around 1999 I came upon a summer dress in a used clothing store. It was a very feminine, flowery thing and I wondered how people would respond to the imaginary memories of an object with a “previous life”. I told my models - friends and strangers - where I have found it and asked them to wear the dress (if they were women) or in some way touch the dress (if they were men). No further instructions were given and I merely recorded their performances.