Dress to Redress

I reckon the colourful costumes currently on display at the American Museum and Gardens outshine much of the red-carpet fashion on display at the recent Met Gala in New York.

They are ‘art pieces’ which form part of an exhibition that explores the ‘continuing legacy and profound importance of visual and material culture.

It’s the work of Celeste Pedri-Spade – who is a contemporary Anishinabe artist. The name refers to a group of culturally related indigenous peoples present in the Great Lakes region of Canada and the United States. It’s the first time her work has been exhibited in Europe.

To quote from the press handout: “Dress to Redress will focus on the role of strong women in the community, using fashion to explore how stories and experiences of Indigenous and European women both connect and disconnect.

Inspired by various designs and materials Pedri-Spade uses her work to remedy the past, revising male-dominated historical narratives, that fail to recognise the powerful role that women have played in their respective communities.”

Here’s Kate Hebert who curated the exhibition which runs through to July 3rd.

Find out more via americanmuseum.org/exhibitions