Thursday, 13 November 2014

Cinderella's Glass Dress

Karen La Monte’s stunningly beautiful glass dress sculptures raise questions about the social and cultural role of clothing, while also introducing a ground-breaking chapter in the history of Sculpture.

Once upon a time, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, imagine that a talented artist with the gifts of a fairy decided to completely revolutionise Cinderella’s gala outfit and dress her in glass. Instead of – or even inspired by – her uncommonly beautiful glass slippers, this contemporary Fairy Godmother improved Perrault’s character’s attire by creating stunning figurative cast glass gowns fit for a queen which go beyond imagination and become literally breath-taking sculptures. And so a completely ground-breaking chapter was open in the history of Sculpture.