Emily Gartner

West Baden Goddess Statues: dress

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Gretchin Irons models my West Baden Goddess dress. The original dress was part of my solo show with Indiana Landmarks and was the only piece of wearable art in the show. I left behind a guest book for people to sign and tell me which piece of art they liked the best out of the entire show. There was a variety of 2D photographs and several significant pieces of furniture, but 'hands down' this dress was what everyone loved, it didn't matter if they were male or female. The dress was a very unique way of showcasing a historic landmark.

After the show, I was encouraged by my mentor to possibly switch gears and think about creating predominantly wearable art featuring historic landmarks. I took her advice and have had no regrets. The best part about the wearable art is getting compliments and having a discussion about the landmark. The wearable art piece is an educational tool. The original version of this dress was printed in an organic cotton linen fabric and purchased for $600. at USI's Toast of the Art's event in 2015. It was donated to the university's McCutchen-Pace Gallery for their permanent collection and ideally will be shown when they display their Andy Warhol photograph collection.

West Baden has been called the 'Eighth Wonder of the World'. And it took a huge labor of love, vision and money to bring it back to its original grandeur by the Cook family. I have a tremendous amount of respect for their love of historic landmarks and dome shaped buildings.

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