The Wedding Dress


“THE WEDDING DRESS- VESTÍGIOS DE NOIVA”

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In a time when youth is glorified and valued as an indispensable asset, to get old is increasingly hard.

In this project I invite women that married a few decades ago to be photographed with their original wedding dresses. Husbands might have gone but the dress was kept.

A garment that carries memories and made its wearer feel special. A woman that carried with her love, happiness hope of an endless future…or perhaps anger, fear or sadness.

A dress that is used once but often kept for many years. A piece of cloth that yellows, resists changes, separations, time….

A unique piece that as soon as it is worn again makes its owner come back in time, dance, play and at times cry remembering that youth is still there, somewhere under the skin of reality. For a few hours this dress, whatever color or design, makes its model once more the center of attention, brings moments of intimacy and memories, dreams and visions.

Fitted entirely, buttoned up or just hugged it makes itself present, with its smell and texture. Afterwards it goes back to its box of memories and it is once again put in the bottom of the wardrobe. Who knows till when.

The wedding dress has been chosen as a symbol of a time that has passed and as an instrument to revisit the past, uncovering memories. But also as a reminder that anyone can feel like a princess one day…

THIS IS AN ONGOING PROJECT
Please contact me if you would like to be photographed with your dress.

PRESS
BBC News - Wedding dress project revisits bridal wear 30 years on
3 Quarks Daily – A Photographic Project

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