This was my first really large gown created for a performance. It was 60 feet long and weighed 100 pounds and was made for my pieceVarious States of D(u)ress at Franklin Furnace Archive in NYC in April of 1994. By the end of 1995, I had performed the piece in Philadelphia, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Chicago, Cedar Rapids (Iowa!) and finally Berlin, Germany. A video of the original Franklin Furnace version of the piece has been shown as part of the traveling exhibition, The History of Disappearance, and has been screened in Milan, Liverpool, Copenhagen, Gateshead (UK), Dublin and Santiago along with other works in the series by Patty Chang, William Pope L., Coco Fusco, Teh-Ching Hsieh, Ron Athey, Pat Oleszko and others.
Various State of D(u)ress, 1994-1995, Chicago. Performance by Julie Laffin. Photos: Joann Seastrom.