Penny Vest
Dyed silk organza, dyed metallic silk organza, pennies, metalic thread
1998

This piece was made for an exhibit in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.  If you've ever been there - you know it's ALL about money; how much you have, how much you flaunt, etc.  I was working in an art-to-wear boutique where the clothes (which were art pieces) were incredibly and deservedly expensive.  I was so broke, I couldn't afford to buy the clothes I was selling!  So I made my own "version" of a wearable art piece that was all about money, albeit only pennies.

Brassiere Dress
Hundreds of white brassiers, net, lace, a bustier, glove pieces
1987


I wanted to make a garment in which the hidden (intimate) would be not only exhibited, but decorative.  What could be more intimate and feminine than a  brassiere.  I collected hundreds of brassieres, from training bras to nursing bras, and sewed them onto a heavy cotton skirt, starting with the smaller ones at the top and going to the largest ones at the bottom.  The top was an easy solution, a lined bustier with a corsage made of red and pink brassieres and glove fingers.

Also, I used only white for the body of this garment as I wanted to reference that virginal "coming out" ball gown tradition that is so important in cultures where a young woman makes her "debut" into womanhood wearing such a garment.

Glove Boa

Hundreds of white ladies gloves, stuffing, rope, 1984


This was one of the first art-to-wear pieces I made.  I found a huge box of these gloves for sale at a Good Will.  I bought the entire box, knowing I could do something fun with them.  They seemed to "speak" to me that they wanted to "caress" a woman's body and I felt it was just a good idea to make them into a boa.  

June 2017 Exhibit, Renee Sherrer
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I've been fascinated with fashion all my life yet I've always wanted to give it just a little "tweak" to become more socially relevant OR playful.  I also like to address the universal issues which affect us all, identity, tradition, love, money, etc.  Here are just a few of the items in this exhibit.

Pasta Dress, 
variety of pasta, white spray paint, silk organza, glass beads, wire, nylon fishing line, 1989

Yes, this dress can be worn, but only as a standing  model - you cannot sit in it. It is quite fragile (I do have a "kit" to repair any pasta breakage).

I created this as a contribution to an exhibit that was "Italian" themed.  A group of artists were putting together an exhibition about all things Italian and I volunteered to make a dress out of pasta.

I had NO idea how I would do it - it just seemed like a good thing to do.  

Knowing now, how much time and effort would go into it, I'm not sure I would have chosen this project.  But I'm glad I made it.  It WAS a labor of love and a committment to my fellow artists and our exhibition.  It took me months to: dye the silk organza to match the skin of the model so that the pasta pieces would appear to "float" on her body, make the skirt and bodice, spray paint each piece of pasta (both sides), thread them onto nylon fishing line, attach them to the dress, then to sew the estrella (star) pasta pieces on to the garment like sequins (with tiny glass beads).  That's sort of the "short" version of the way it was made.