Beauty of Torture

Beauty of Torture

>> Tis' Easter and I've once again left the M25 (alright, the joke's wearing thing… I DO actually leave London to go elsewhere in the country).  I'm in Manchester chomping on black pudding, Thornton's Eggs and soon a shedload of Indian food.  And there's still two days to go… it is confirmed.  I will return as a giant. 

To offset the food chomping though, we trekked it out to Manchester's newly re-opened Gallery of Costume, the second largest costume collection in Britain (second to the V&A…) where copious amounts of picture taking were required.  I specifically honed in on their collection of stays, the circa. 17th century predecessor to the corsets, purely because of the intricate lines, lacings, embroidery and construction that warrant some close-ups…  







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… from garments of tortured restriction to another…

Artist Susie MacMurray had her latest garment sculpture piece 'Widow' on display at the Gallery of Costume.  It's constructed of nappa leather and 100,000 adamantine pins.  As a more superficial comparison, Gareth Pugh's first menswear collection comes to mind though these pins on MacMurray's piece actually do spike…




MacMurray's sculpture work continues on from previous garment installations made of inside out household gloves and different coloured Lucy & Bart-esque balloons…





Now…back to chomping…


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  1. FashionCloud

    2010-04-03 at 7:21 PM

    Stunning!! love the rubber dresses

  2. Misanthropic Pulp

    2010-04-03 at 7:33 PM

    that is freakin awesome!!!
    love the balloon dresses, and simply adore corsets…
    beautiful post.

  3. Louise

    2010-04-03 at 7:39 PM

    wow, i never knew that they had the second largest costume gallery in the UK. may have to make a trip up to manchester!
    i love the pin dress, it’s incredible. takes punk safety pins to a new level really!

  4. Leonidas

    2010-04-03 at 7:41 PM

    the one that is made with the spikes is spectacular. stunning in fact! i’m in awe

  5. Teeny

    2010-04-03 at 7:53 PM

    I’m pretty sure the only thing more painful than a corset is a dress made of pins. They’re both so incredibly gorgeous though.

  6. Eva

    2010-04-03 at 7:55 PM

    the piece with the pins is absolutely stunning. beauty is pain in the most literal sense!
    i always love your posts – so intriguing!!!

  7. a la mode

    2010-04-03 at 7:55 PM

    Wow those corsets are just SO beautiful!

  8. arline

    2010-04-03 at 8:07 PM

    Incredibly beautiful. It kind of made me want to wear corsets and latex.

  9. Sirkka

    2010-04-03 at 9:14 PM

    Wow, I really like the blue one.

  10. Robyn

    2010-04-03 at 10:22 PM

    Those really are intricate! I love how unexpectedly beautiful these dresses are- makes me love fashion all over again!

  11. thestreetfashion5xpro

    2010-04-03 at 10:58 PM

    very nice

  12. Bonnie

    2010-04-03 at 11:18 PM

    In manchester!! I left Manchester today to go back home. Is it the one in the park near the curry mile? I always go pass it on a bus and used to live near there. I’ve always wanted to go to that, maybe i will after easter. have fun in Manchester! Especially love the amount of balloons!

  13. Sabine

    2010-04-03 at 11:55 PM

    Great! Makes me want to start collecting my rubber gloves… Happy Easter munching, Susie!

  14. glowingdoll

    2010-04-04 at 1:38 AM

    Found you in this blog post
    You’re in pics four and eight.

  15. Brigadeiro

    2010-04-04 at 2:17 AM

    The pin & balloon dresses are out-of-this-world incredible!!!

  16. Wow. How beautiful. The level of care and technical skill and artistry in both the old and the new is really special.


    2010-04-04 at 10:21 AM

    The McMurray rubber glove dresses reminds me of that Vogue editorial, where all the clothes were made from regular household objects. A designer can know when they have created a great garment when it looks great from a distance, and when it surprises you up close. I love how fashion isn’t boring.

  18. Abysm

    2010-04-04 at 1:06 PM

    stunning 0__0a

  19. Augsutine

    2010-04-04 at 1:09 PM

    When something contain repetition with a nice form, it always worth to take a second look.

  20. jenna

    2010-04-04 at 1:29 PM

    ohh i love visiting manchester. have a lovely time!

  21. Lisa

    2010-04-04 at 1:40 PM

    Omg that’s amazing! Love your blog btw Susie, you’re adorable and cool!

  22. Missy

    2010-04-04 at 1:47 PM

    Hi sweetie.
    fab post. i’d love to add each other to our blog rolls. what you think?
    Enter my Hana flat iron giveaway:

  23. The Way I See Fashion

    2010-04-04 at 3:35 PM
  24. saray

    2010-04-04 at 4:41 PM

    looooove your blog!:)

  25. melina bee

    2010-04-04 at 7:17 PM

    I love the stays!! so pretty, you make me wish I could traipse about England! Those dresses are crazy, especially the one make of balloons.

  26. All Women Stalker

    2010-04-05 at 3:12 AM

    The bottom dresses look like they are made of petals! That I’d love to eat. For real. Haha

  27. Sofia Leo

    2010-04-05 at 8:52 AM

    Thrilling sculptures! Love every single dress! They’re so exquisite and inspiring although made out off everyday objects.
    Sofia Leo x

  28. slimbykings

    2010-04-05 at 1:45 PM

    How incredible!!!!!!! So good to know!

  29. Sarah Edenly

    2010-04-06 at 3:53 PM

    Great pictures, thanks for sharing. The glove dress is a little scary though!

  30. Jordan 6 Rings

    2010-08-04 at 2:59 AM

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