Retired wardrobe from the New York City Opera, stainless steel rings, monofilament and hardware.
1120h x 72w x 72d inches
Petticoats are a convention of female opera costumes, adding volume and drama to the gown of each diva and maximizing the visual impact of her character. The petticoats’ allure also lies in the suggestion that it is the boundary between the inside and the outside of the dress. A glimpse at its ruffles during a dance step or dramatic swish is an exciting reminder of the flesh buried underneath the yards of fabric. Here, the three suspended crinoline frills orbit each other, taking on forms suggesting sultry smoke rings, the jaws of a whale or a shark, or the vapor trail left behind from a supersonic flyby.