Left: Shelley Fox / Evening ensemble / Brown felted wool, brown silk chiffon, and sequins / Fall 2000, England / 2008.1.1 / Museum purchase
Architectural ruins are an important theme in gothic art and literature, because they allude to the mystery of the past and the destructive passage of time. Like a number of designers, Shelly Fox has been attracted to the idea of ruination.
Right: Hussein Chalayan / Ensemble / Blue silk, gauze, netting, cotton, and lace / Spring 2002, Medea collection, England / Lent by Hussein Chalayan
The ragged appearance of this dress is intended to suggest that it has been ripped apart by a voodoo curse, revealing elements from the past history of fashion.