I want to get dressed and go out - Rebecca Hathaway

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Artist Statement

Rebecca Hathaway

My first inspiration in the V and A has always been the lights. I was mesmerised by the Swarm Study III by Random International. Equally I have always been drawn to the sad face of The Artist's Wife Nita Maria Schonfeld Resch by Conrad Dressler in the Sculpture Room. I wanted to dress her up and connect her to the world of fashion, initially I wanted to put some really outrageous jewellery on her and I may do this another time but I was so taken by the Pucci dress and the bathing suits that I felt I had enough to work with. I wanted to do something that took her out of the museum or show her longing for something else.

I want to get dressed and go out - Rebecca Hathaway

©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Inspiration details:

Bathing suit

Bathing suit

London, England (retailed)

1937-1939 (made)

Finnigans Ltd. (retailer)

Wool jersey

V&A collection reference number(s):
A.3:1-1995, T.337-1997, T.293-1971, T.294 & A-1971

2015 Exhibition Guide

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