The Myth of the White Dress
The tradition of wearing a white wedding dress only started about 170 years ago. At that time it was considered fashionable to wear fabrics such as muslin, linen, and gauzes which were only available in white.
The symbolism of purity and innocence was prescribed later.
Over the years the wedding dress has reached a sacred status. Women spend sometimes thousands of dollars on a dress they will only wear once and then stow them away as a remembrance. In the event the union fractures, purging the dress from their possessions is symbolic of moving on.
The wedding dresses I used for this project have been tossed aside by their previous owners and found their way to me. By destroying them, I strip away the sanctity they formerly possessed. Once ruined their existence is futile.