Thousand Dollar Dress 2006 - present
My goal is to photograph 1,000 individuals wearing my $1,000 wedding dress within the context of their own or chosen environment. I plan to travel with the dress, video camera, and digital camera to build upon this idea while showcasing it at www.thousanddollardress.com. At the project’s end, I aspire to have 1,000 portraits and a documentary including interviews from individuals of all ages, backgrounds and diverse marital situations speaking to the concept of marriage and its politic. I aim to facilitate an open dialogue regarding the institution of marriage and explore the diverse views attached to its conception amidst the current culture war regarding its exclusive definition. Thus far, some of the photographs deliberately satisfy the tropes that accompany the dress while others refute it. Ultimately, the outcome is dependent upon the singularities of the participants. Some of the photographs are fantasy based while others a clear document. It is my hope that the ensemble will illustrate the multiplicity of responses attached to the approach of wearing the dress while both confirming and challenging the stereotypes that accompany its loadedness.
Project website: www.thousanddollardress.com