What drives your wardrobe choice every morning? Do you base your choice of dress off of how you’re feeling? How you want to feel? How you want to portray yourself? Clothing is an incredible tool we use to create an image of ourselves and make an impression. Whether you spend less than two minutes or an hour choosing your outfit every day, you’re making a decision on how you want the world to view you.
Grace DuVal, a Chicago based artist sees clothing as an incredible way to make a statement; to set someone aside from the ordinary. DuVal has a BFA in Sculpture + Extended Media with a minor in Fashion Design from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently attending Art Institute of Chicago where she is studying Art & Clothing. DuVal’s passion lies in the field of Wearable Art, “a genre in which art and clothing are fused into spectacular, one-of-a-kind garments. [DuVal’s] goal as an artist is to stretch the boundaries of clothing, morphing it into wearable sculpture and art. She combines fabric with more exotic materials, such as rubber gloves, wood, pantyhose or feathers, to create spectacular garments that wow an audience. Most people see clothing as simply a method for covering and concealing their bodies, but [DuVal] sees them as so much more; she sees the incredible artistic potential that a garment can hold.”
DuVal’s work is absolutely one of a kind. Would you be brave enough to wake up one morning and throw on a dress made of rubber gloves? Or a dress that converts into a tent? Perhaps these garments only warrant a special occasion. Regardless, it takes a confident person to step out of the box and rock such an incredible work of art. Nevertheless, making such a bold statement is sure to be conversation starter!