10,000 Used clothing labels

1998 – 2004 Collection.
10,000 used woven and printed clothing labels.
Sculpture 3 x 3 metres.

A medieval cope worn by a bishop was designed to advertise news; finely embroidered detail would depict the life of Christ and seek to transform the wearer during ecclesiastical processions.

The 10,000 used labels represent our best clothes set aside for wearing to church on Sundays, the ceremonial garment revealing stories of image renewal and twenty first century consumption. The sculpture has been described as β€˜an extravagant rescue of fashionable waste’.  It provides a record of people and their garments, the shops that sell clothes and the speed of change in fashion and dress. 

Site-specific research and documentation.