This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Genevieve Pfeiffer, is from Head to Toe of It by Rikki Santer, released by Kelsay Books in 2021.
At the Fashion Museum
The covenant we cast since days of fig leaf & loincloth, thrill of what’s under the zipper, silk stripped against an ear of corn. Enter this frozen farm of mannequins with phantom antlers & rooster combs. Gallery corrals where craft is high, fruits hang low & bucketfuls of hue know how to color an empire. Defying brittle sepia tones of history with spinning jenny like a noble dinosaur with its offspring— wool frocks, cotton petticoats, gingham coy & lace demure, teasing tulle, taffeta, cashmere, tooth of hound, & buds of lavender pregnant with the grammar of ornament. Fashion, the great sartorial pollinator— nipple windows, suits that speak louder than words, hands swallowed by sleeves, youthquake of ready-to-wear. To reimagine pleats or gender binary, orange as new pink, snow globes of counter-culture couture. Temple where we worship the language of fabric & dismiss ghosts of expiration dates.
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