“Dress in everyday life cannot be separated from the living, breathing, moving body it adorns. The importance of the body to dress is such that encounters with dress divorced from the body are strangely alienating.” – Joanne Entwistle
The space that the body most frequently inhabits is that which our clothes create. Clothing forms a second epidermis inside of which we are contained. Containing (hiding) what is is simultaneously repulsive and desired, clothing prepares us for the social world.
What happens to clothing when it is removed from the body? What is the function of the unembodied garment? What is the function of a garment displayed in a museum or gallery, removed from its embodied social context?