The “Pink Plank” Dress
Modern art is something I struggle with. There are obvious works of genius that fall into the category, however, I prefer the old stuff (big surprise, right!).
Here is one of my issues: no matter how long I stare at it, I cannot understand how a painted plank of plywood could possibly make it onto a museum wall and be considered “art.”
Now, my body is never going resemble a plank, but this pink fabric has been sitting in my stash for a while, and when I came across this week’s challenge, the fabric was the first thing that came to mind – along with the work of John McCraken.
And seeing as how the actual plank was created in 1967, my dress could have been worn to the museum opening!
While cutting into and starting construction on this dress, I decided that the pink was just too over the top and the extremely crisp hand was going to make me look like a bright pink oompa loompa. However, as the dress came together, it kept reminding me of an amalgamation of the many pink wiggle dresses Mad Men’s Joan has worn over the years – the girl does love her bright colors!
And now I love the darn thing! So, goodbye plank, hello Joan!
• The Facts
⁃ Fabric: Silk/wool blend from Fashion Fabrics Club
⁃ Pattern: Simplicity 1997
⁃ Year: Not sure – I am guessing late 50s/early 60s
⁃ Notions: Zipper, Hug Snug Seam Binding, Gutterman Silk Thread
⁃ Time to complete: One week.
⁃ First worn: February 27, 2012
⁃ Wear again? Yes, absolutely!
⁃ Total price: ~ $40.00