Posted by: cassymuronaka | October 30, 2009

Dress tents


The Dress Tents of artists Robin Lasser and Adrienne Pao encompass three of my favorite visual entertainments: photography, architecture, and fashion. The last is a more recent interest, and is completely due to several years worth of attention to detail while engrossed in emotionally-charged “Project Runway” episodes. Before that, my knowledge of haute couture extended only as far as the Yves St. Laurent beach towel I bought on sale at a Dallas department store more than three decades ago, and a Coach leather purse destroyed one night by a teething canine.

But no fashion knowledge is required to appreciate the compilation of images that make up “Dress Tents: Nomadic Wearable Architecture.” The artist statement on Lasser’s website explains what drove the women to create the clothing series and accompanying photographs: “each dress tent, which literally morphs from a dress into a tent, poses the question of what lies under a woman’s skirt in the 21st century.”

This is done with the Lasser and Pao’s tongues firmly placed inside their cheeks. It’s tough to pick a favorite, but I’d probably have to go with “Ms. Homeland Security: Ilegal Entry Dress Tent,” which portrays a woman on the border between Mexico and California surveying the landscape through binoculars, while wearing an enormous halter-necked dress tent of camouflage.

Equally appealing is the “Picnic Dress Tent,” a spoof on the post-World War II view of the role of the American woman.

Picnic dress



  1. wow. i wish you could get pants like that!

  2. Thanks for a witty and astute write-up of our Dress Tents!

    ~ Adrienne

    • I’m so glad you liked it, Adrienne. I was crazy about your project. FYI, I added a link to your website. Sorry that I overlooked that before.

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