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Feminist Art Topics
Artworks on 30 Topics

30. Memorials/Monuments

29. Questioning Nationalism

28. Relationships/Between You and Me

27. Confronting Racism

26. War/Conflict

25. Migration

24. Maps, Borders and Cultural geography

23. Land/Landscape

22. Ecology/Ecofeminism

21. Rooms

20. A House

19. Rape/Violence against women

18. Images of/about women from history

17. Women at Work

16. Cleaning/Maintenance Work

15. Food/Cooking

14. Artists' Parents/Grandparents

13. Marriage/Weddings

12. Masquerade/Mask

11. Mannequin/Puppet/Automaton/Cyborg

10. A/The Dress

9. Nude/Naked

8. Ecstatic Bodies

7. Old Age

6. Motherhood/Mothers/Child-rearing

5. Conception/Pregnancy/Childbirth

4. Menstruation/Abortion

3. Girls

2. Images of the phallus

1. Core imagery, vaginas and vulvas

Artworks by women artists on 30 topics
related to Feminism and Contemporary Art


About this topic: A/The Dress

Here a woman's dress, perhaps even "the" dress, is at the centre of the work. Sometimes, these explorations are a critique of femininities, expectations and stereotypes. In other cases, the dress becomes a motif for quite different explorations of consumption, surveillance systems, pattern, excess and political protest.

  1. Atsuko Tanaka (Japan) Denkifuku (Electric Dress) (1956) fluorescent tubes and wires   Centres Pompidou AM 2006-30  

  2. Niki de Saint Phalle (France) Crucifixion (1965) miscellaneous objects on painted polyester  236 x 147 x 61.5 cm    Centres Pompidou 

  3. Mimi Smith (USA) Steel Wool Peignoir (1966) steel wool, nylon and lace 59 x 29 x 8 in.     

  4. Linda Montano (USA) Chicken Dance (Chicken Women Series) (1972 - 1979) performance work with costume      

  5.  Orlan (France) Strip-tease occasionnel a l'aide des draps du trousseau (Incidental Strip-tease using Sheets from the Trousseau) (1974 - 1975) 18 black and white photos (1974) put together as one work (1975)     FNAC, Paris 

  6. Miriam Shapiro (USA) Anatomy of a Kimono (1976) 10 panels, fabric and acrylic on canvas each 6 ft 8 ins x 52.5 ins     

  7. Lorraine O'Grady (USA) Mlle Bourgoise Noire Goes to the New Museum (1981) performance, opening of Personae, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York      

  8. Helen Almeida (Portugal) Noir Exterior (1981) photography and paint 310 x 125 cm     

  9. Jana Sterbak (Czech Republic, Canada) Vanitas: Flesh Dress for an Albino Anorexic (1987) dress constructed from meat     Centres Pompidou 

  10. Emily Hicks (USA) I could not reveal my Identity (1987) performance on US-Mexico border in costume, a bi-national pilgrimage on the Day of the Dead, November 1987      

  11. Lorna Simpson (USA) Guarded Conditions (1989) photo, text     Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego 

  12. Annette Messager (USA) Histoire des Robes/ Story of Dresses (1990) dresses, pastel drawing, black and white photographs, string, pins, wood, glass 376 x 353 x 18 cm     

  13. Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (USA) Paper Dolls for a Post-Columbian World with Ensembles contributed by US Government (1991) watercolour and pencil on photocopy, 13 panels each 17 x 11     

  14. Wiebke Siem (Germany) Collection, Werkgruppe 1 (1991 - 1994) installation, mixed media      

  15. Colette Urban (Canada) Consumer Cyclone (1993) costumed performance, shopping mall, Canada      

  16. Beverley Semmes (USA) Blue Gowns (1993) Velvet and organza 24 x 22 x 27 ft    Collection: Rubell Family Collection, Miami 

  17. Yoshiko Shimada (Japan) Look at Me/Look at You (1995) installation      

  18. N. Pushpamala (India) Phantom Lady or Kismet (1996 - 1998) 10 gelatin silver prints each 50.8 x 40.6 cm     

  19. Egle Rakauskaite (Lithuania) Trap: Expulsion from Paradise (1996) performance, documented in photos      

  20. Alba D'Urbano (Italy) Il Sarto Immortale: Couture (1997 - 1999) project, display photos, objects, models, computer designs on clothes      

  21. Nancy Paterson (USA) Stock Market Skirt (1998) internet, computer, electronics, webcam, monitors, fabric      

  22. Lisa Reihana (New Zealand) Digital Marae Series (2001) digital photo 78 x 46 7/8"    National Gallery, Australia 

  23. Shadi Ghadiran (Iran) Like Every Day Series (2001) colour photo 64 x 61 cm, each    Collection H. Boellen 

  24. Sanae Takahata (Japan) Wear Me (2001 - 2006) installation composed of many dress shaped objects: size 38, acrylic paint and glass beads on rayon      

  25. Alicia Framis (Spain) Anti-Dog (2002 - 2003) performances with costume, Berlin and Amsterdam      

  26.  Ghazel (Iran, France) Me (2003 - 2008) video, performances      

  27. Pilar Albarracin (Spain) Long Live Spain (Viva Espana) (2004) video, colour, sound, 3 mins 30"      

  28. Jill Magid (USA) Evidence Locker. Control Room (2004) digital video installation, surveillance footage from police cameras 7.14 min     

  29. Lalla Essaydi (Morocco, USA) Converging Territories # 30 (2004) chromogenic print, mounted on plexiglass 76.2 x 101.6 cm     

  30. Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen (Denmark) Absolute Exotic (2005) video 4 min     Copenhagen: Statens Museum 

  31. Gulsun Karamustafa (Turkey) The City and the Secret Panther Fashion (2007) video 13 min     

  32. Tania Bruguera (Cuba, USA) The Burden of Guilt (El Peso de la Culpa) (2008) video performance 12 min    Centres Pompidou 

  33. Nezaket Ekici (Turkey, Germany) Blind (2008) video performance, 40 ' - dress is a sarcophagus of plaster, Ekici frees herself with a hammer      

  34. Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya (Gluykla) (Russia) Clothes for the demonstration against false election of Vladimir Putin (2011 - 2015) textile, hand writing, wood     http://factoryoffoundclothes.org/ 

  35. Mary Sibande (South Africa) …of Prosperity (2011) dress sculpture and mannequin, South African pavilion, Venice Biennale      

  36. Gao Ling and NvAi (China) Occupy Shanghai Subway: It's a Dress, not a Yes (2012) performance, action on Shanghai subway      

Additional References

Conceptual Clothing (Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 1986) curators: Fran Cottell and Marian Schoettle