Club Kid style, my finger froze when I came upon this image which I found both intriguing and disturbing.
Not the sailors in JPG; rather, the figure in head-to-toe toile. (BTW, the person under the toile is performance artist Yozmit, who also created the dress.)
I love how artists play with toile, from the wallpaper of Timorous Beasties, to the pieces that Richard Saja "interferes" with via embroidery floss.
But here is my dilemma:
On the one hand, the look suggests Marie Antoinette on a sugar high, having wrapped herself up in the drapes of Versailles.
On the other hand, the points in the white-and-red cloth, most prevalent on the shoulders but also on the top of the mask, recall a full-body robe that was worn in the American South during the late 1800s, for decidedly undecorative purposes.
But perhaps that's the element of provocation in this piece.
I could go into an application of Toni Morrison's concept of "rememory" here (coined in Beloved), but that would be too academic for a Saturday night, during the final minutes of the men's gold-medal curling match, I think. . . (Oh hurrah!!--we just won the gold.)
What do you see in this dress?
**Here's the look that WendyB references in her comment: