Lekazia Turner, embroiderer from Jamaica, 2022

projects INSPIRED BY THE Red DRESS




Tanys Transformations


 wells, somerset, UK 2023/4


Tanys Pullin, the 649th Mayor of Wells in Somerset led local organisations and community in transforming 60 wedding dresses into spectacular ballgowns and evening dresses, raising money for Heads Up and Whizzkids charities.

https://tanystransformations.co.uk/



renewed, united, holistic & undefeated ukraine


Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 2023


A collaboration led by Mariia Zaliznyak, consisting of snow white embroidered garments from different regions in Ukraine.

https://instagram.com/mukrayinka



CAlico dress no 3


 frick museum, pitsburgh, usa, 2023


https://www.thefrickpittsburgh.org/



tyntesfield wall hanging

created by the ‘Tyntesfield makers’
as an accompaniment to the red dress exhibtion, May 2023


https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/bath-bristol/tyntesfield


Red Dress by katarina Vavrova


Slovakia, 2023


https://www.katarinavavrova.sk/en/home/




red dress inspired quilt

students at Hereford college of art.

hereford, UK 2023+


www.instagram.com/melissasandershcaartbook





Cape, Bridges for communities group 


BRISTOL, uk 2023


Stitching Together is an inclusive sewing project where refugee women and volunteers from across Bristol come together to share and learn from each other.

https://www.bridgesforcommunities.com/programmes/stitching-together/



poem written Danni willey supported by 1625


Bristol, uk, 2023


1625 works with young people who are homelss, leaving care or at risk of homelessness.




red dress embroidered
by Kate larkin


 2023


www.instagram.com/yeebai.creative



The Dress of Gloucester


Gloucester Voices, UK 2023


https://voicesgloucester.org.uk/events/threads-2023-launch-of-a-costume-for-gloucester-project/





Calico Dress no 2


Southern Vermont Arts Centre, Vermont, USA, 2023


https://www.svac.org/class/red-dress/?wcs_timestamp=1688205600



Trey Whitfield School


ny, USA, 2023


Teacher Sherise Morris supported her class of 4/5 year olds to recreate the Red Dress, honouring the women in their lives, namely their mothers, on International Womens Day 2023.



Flag Project


Preston Park Museum, Stockton on Tees, UK 2023


https://prestonparkmuseum.co.uk/the-red-dress-community-exhibition/



Calico Dress No 1


National Waterfront Museum, Wales 2022 - ongoing


https://instagram.com/calico_dresscymru



Lace Dress


Led by Kirsten Brinckmann, OIDFA, Germany 2021 - ongoing



OUR SUPPORTERS

A huge thank you to all who have given their time, energy, enthusiasm, advice, experience and financial support to the Red Dress project over the years.

In addition to the institutions below, funding has been gratefully received from a number of private donations and 441 individuals around the world via 2 Crowdfunding campaigns in 2020 and 2022.

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Nothing expresses more eloquently the feelings I suspect we share about the importance of embroidery in our lives, and the support we derive from the friendships made through stitch, than Kirstie Macleod’s Red Dress.
Caroline Zoob, Editor of Stitchers Journal 2022
This beautiful object highlights the common ground between individuals, bringing together different identities and uniting people, we are honoured to contribute to it.
Tiny Kox, PACE President at the Council of Europe, Strasbourg 2023
The Red Dress has become an icon of the international textile world.
Suzanne Smith, Textile Society 2022
The Red Dress in its final incarnation, a magnificent, regal robe, symbolises the empowerment of women through the creation of something beautiful, something which began with bowed heads and tired fingers but also with faith and joy, an openness and willingness to be a part of something which they could not see at that time but in which they could believe had meaning and worth connecting with other women around the world.
Lady Alison Myners, Chair of the Royal Academy Trust 2020
The Red Dress is in some respects similar to Mail Art, the populist artistic movement centred on sending small scale works through the postal service. It initially developed out of the Fluxus movement in the 1950s and 60s – but on a larger scale – the journey of the work is part of its identity, process, and in fact function. A signifier of the temporal and physical nature of the process inherent in the creation of the piece. The surface of the dress layered with embroidery slowly transforming into a specific topographical map – completely particular to the work’s journey – and reflective of the burgeoning sculptural landscape of the object.
Paul Black, Artlyst 2015
It’s her (Kirstie’s) red silk Dupion bodice and voluminous skirt created for the Red Dress that fully demonstrates her commitment to embroidery and the immense respect for the international community of makers.
Denna Jones. Embroidery Magazine 2010
...the fact that they could embroider what they wanted and that it is appreciated has given them some strength, some confidence that I didn’t feel so strongly before they created the embroideries.
Nicole Esselan, Founder of Kisany Africa, supporting artisans in DR CONGO and RWANDA who created embroidery on the Red Dress in 2018
This is both an extraordinary work of collective art and profound and eloquent social commentary. It is also an example of how potent the Attire language is capable of becoming.
Attires Mind (Fashion Blogger) 2020
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