The definition of Transmogrify is “to transform in a sudden or magical way.” By definition, it promises that the submissions will be dynamic and interesting. While the arenas of magic, myth and nature are rife with examples of this Transmogrify theme, there are also plenty of transformations occurring everyday during the grooming and beauty rituals of us humans.
Now, I know all the arguments and discussions that have been held in this very place about conforming to an ideal standard of beauty or an ideal standard of anything for that matter. I hope this post doesn’t read like a vintage lingerie ad about how your girdle can make you a better person. In fact, I seem to remember Gertie pondering if her girdle was making her dumb. I know that, technically, this poised and clever version of me already exists and doesn’t need to be released by the restriction that some lycra and elastic provides. But, if Jem can have her hologram earrings, why can’t I have my girdle?
While I do admit that it is possible that I might have an unhealthy affection for my supportive shape wear, I doubt that I am alone in thinking that some garments have a way of transforming the wearer both physically and mentally. Doesn’t everyone have that one magic piece that automatically puts you in a good mood every time you put it on? If not, and I am truly the only person that believes in the magical transformative power of certain clothes, well… I have my girdle to keep me company.
As odd as my devotion to my girdle may seem, it actually serves as an inspiration for a piece to submit to the show. The concept that I am trying to communicate is that the power of some garments actually lies in the way they bolster the confidence of the person wearing them.
In order to visually convey that idea in a garment for the show, I am thinking about making a coat with a big stand up collar that actually improves the way the wearer sees herself. I am torn on how to achieve this. One thought is to utilize the amazing Spoonflower and have fabric printed with photos of the model all dolled up in different alter egos. Another, more dramatic approach would be to use mirrors (stay with me here). The idea is to somehow make the coat look like it was made completely out of mirrors, (I would probably resort to gluing mirrors onto the coat, shhhhh don’t tell Gertie) and then overlay all of those mirrors with clear decals of made up faces. Hopefully, at the end of the process, the coat is a striking garment that represents the simple idea inspired by my girdle.
So, Gertie readers, I think that you constitute a pool of talented and enthusiastic sewists with creative and inventive ideas of what it means to transmogrify. If you agree, then pat yourself on the back and please answer the call to artists for Uncommon Thread 2011. The submission deadline is April 25, 2011 and the show is on May 13, 2011. You can find more information as well as footage and photos of past shows at http://www.culturecandy.org/. I hope that you feel encouraged to tell us what transmogrification means to you, whatever your interpretation may be.
If you have any questions about the show, you can contact me at hollyrmaynard [at] gmail [dot] com.