Costume, performance, persona, and pose are explored in exhibition at sepiaEYE gallery

sepiaEYE gallery announces Dress-Up, a group exhibition in which costume, performance, persona, and pose are explored through the lens of photographers Qiana Mestrich, Phyllis Galembo, and Charan Singh. Qiana Mestrich’s series Namesake and Inherited Patterns cleverly expands on the artist’s exploration of her namesake, Qiana┬«: a silk-like nylon fabric made by the DuPont Experimental Company in 1968. The fabric became fashionable in the 1970s as a popular choice for disco attire and in turn, through heavy marketing, the name was adopted for many young African American girls born in the years to follow. Mestrich visited the archives of DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware, selecting vintage fashion marketing materials featuring Qiana┬«. The resulting images from Inherited Patterns (2014) combine these vintage photographs with fragments of mug shot

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