Why recreate the Peacock Dress?

Why recreate the Peacock Dress?

The original Peacock dress is inevitably faded, tarnished, and damaged, despite the conservator’s best efforts, and has been heavily altered. It still conveys a fragile beauty, but it is a shadow of its dazzling original self, and must be minimally handled and carefully preserved in a glass case.

One hundred years ago it looked very different. How can one resist the extraordinary spectacle of letting a garment like the Peacock Dress step out of the glass case, as it were, releasing it from its great age and fragility and allowing it to be seen in context, dazzling, in motion, on a body, as it was on the night it was first worn?

For years I have joked that one day, I would reprise this Herculean project so that we could see it “as new” and appreciate the full, dazzling impact that the costume would have had as a symbol of Colonial pomp and splendour.

The Hope2Haiti project gave me the push I needed to make it happen.

In March 2011, I took on a challenge laid down by the non-profit organisation Random Acts, in which the first few people to raise $5000 for their projects in Haiti would get to travel there and help in the continuing post-earthquake relief effort with their own hands. In order to experience this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, I pledged to make good on my ridiculous costume maker’s dream and create a replica of the extraordinary hundred-year-old Peacock Dress, in much the same way as one might run a marathon or climb a mountain to raise money for a good cause.

Not only did I go to Haiti, but I won a fundraising prize in 2011, and completed the challenge again the following year, returning to Haiti in June 2012. So far, the Peacock dress has raised a total of approximately $20,000 for projects in the town of Jacmel, including the building of a new orphanage, funding an Arts school, and housing families who were, until recently, still living in tents.

Read the blog featuring my adventures in fundraising and my life-changing adventures in Haiti.

 

List of donors

The following list documents all 318 people around the world who donated to the Hope2Haiti project, with the extra incentive of seeing the Peacock Dress recreated in the 21st century. My thanks are due to every single one.

Ya know…I just got a bit teary-eyed looking at this list. All those names, people who recognize the importance of the project in Haiti, the importance of the *doing*, the belief in the reconstruction of a truly important garment…the coming together of so many of us who love the art we do, and the art YOU do…what a wonderful thing this is that you’ve built. Thank you, so much, for making it possible for us all to come together. – A donor

Katherine Adrian
Laura-Jane Airey
Leigh Aldrich
Ali-Christiana
Lauren Allpress
Q Anderson
Approach Personnel
Joanne Arnett
Heather Ast
Lisa Atwood
Lynne Bacon
Meguey Baker
Elizabeth Baker
Naomi Barnes
Issica Baron
Gina Barrett
Naomi Bartle
Carmen Beaudry
Jessica Benger
Beverly Bernhard
Kirsten Berry
Lucy Billany
Amber Bingham
Larissa Boiwka
Jennette Boone
Deborah Borlase
Mona Boucher & daughter,
Élise Adèle Auld
Gwyneth Brain
Julia Bremble
Gillian Brent
Hillery Brewer
Patricia Brimhall
Andee Browne
Lauren Bukata
Sharon Bussey
Karen Buurmans-Niemi
Tina C
Elizabeth Cadorette
Chris Campbell
Alison Campbell
Meagan Carey
Katherine Caron-Greig
Becky Carter-Hitchin
Kelly Cercone
Anna Chapman
Bess Chilver
Alexandra Chuzo
Suzi Clarke
Francis Classe
Christine F Cleaton
Robin Coccagna
Misty Cochran
Kelly Cochran Davis
Debbie Collington
Brenna Cook
Sam Coupland
Cherylyn Crill-Hornsby
Helen Dabill
Daisy
Janice Dallas
Tatiana Danilova
Hepziba de Vries
Christina DeAngelo
Loren Dearborn
Emma Dobbs
Hilary Donaldson
Serena Dyer
Melanie Dymond Harper
Lindsey Eastman
Karen Ehrlich
Grace Erickson
Bianca Esposito
Catherine Ezell
Elizabeth Fallon
Sarah Feeney
Martha Fletcher
Lorri G
Amanda Gannon
Aylwen Gardiner-Garden
Jenny Garside
Noel Gieleghem
Kerrigan Gilbert
Lynnie Glass
Antara Glover
David Goldfinch
Christa Gordon
Tania Gruning
Jenni Hampshire
Rebecca Handcock
Richard Harper
Tracy Harris
Hilary Hatch
Anne Hawley
Jonna Hayden
Victoria Henige
Elisabeth Hopkin
Sarah Hosking
Cynthia Howell
Dr Kirsty Hutchison
Austin J Austin
Kris Jachens
Christina Johnson
Kimberley Joyce
Kirstin Julian
Gwen Kachelmyer
Alison Kannon
Bianca Karlsen
Lis Kester
Sarah Keuper
Coralie Kiloh
Tab Kimpton
Nannette King
Marie Knight
Alison Kondo
Adrienne Kubiak
Caroline La Porta
Val LaBore
Suzette Lalime Davidson
Claudia Laughter
Karen Lavoie
Penny Le Besque
Sue Lee
Christy Lee
Amanda Lerum Faulkner
Elina Levkovskaya
Elizabeth Licata
Hannah Light
J. Leia Lima
Margaret Lion
David Llewellyn
Laura Loft
Carolyn Loftis
Regina Lutz
Lone Madsen
Meagn Maguire
Rebecca Maiten
Sabrina Mark
Wendy Marques
Susi Matthews
Tonya Mayberry
Willa McCafferty
Deirdre McDaniel
Sarah McEvoy
Tricia McFarlane
Melissa McGuire
and Cat Robinson
Nancy McKeown
Marion McNealy
Johanna McNicholl
Anne-Marie McRoberts
Kathleen Methot
Bennie Meyers
Colin Middleton
Heather Mikhail
Ninya Mikhaila
Lesley Miller
Jessica Mingus
Kate Mior
J D Monterroso
Marlene Morris
Jeanette Marie Murray
Elizabeth Nelson
Samantha Nelson
Gini Newton
Annet Nijmeijer
Julia Nolan
Janel Norris
Nancy Nowlin
Noelia Oblanca
Arwen O’Connor
Erin Odenweller
Dorothy O’Hare
Kerryn Olsen
Louise O’Neill
Judy Owen
Noelle Paduan
Beteena Paradise
Gina Patterson
Paula Pennanen
Lynette Pinchess
Izabela Pitcher
Jett Pontier
Heather Pritchett
Nicholas Quayle
Gerry Quinton
Jane Ramsay
Jude Reid
June Rider
Philippe Riga
Charlene Roberts
Rebecca Rowan
Elaine Rowland
Nicole Rudolph
Stacy Ryall
Jannean Sapp
Joyce Scheeren
Andrew Schroeder
Caren Seaman
Taylor Shelby
Grace Slater
Amelia Slavin
Kimiko Small
Yekatarina Sokol
Heather Spurlock
Veronica Stark
Rachel Steinhorn
Kat Stelzer
Megan Stephens
Anna Stevens
Victoria Stewart
Jessica Stone
Anna Stonestrom
Natasha Streit
Lena Strid
Sandra Stuart
Hanna Svensk
Linda Taggart
Emily Taggart
Lindsay Tallman
Sofia Tanberg
Lorna Tate
Laurie Tavan
Lynne Taylor
Jennifer Thompson
Karen Tully
Gail Tyrrell
Laura Ulak
Tielke Uvin
Kendra Van Cleave
Nele van den Ende
Elisabeth Van Every
Glynnis Vance
Jan-Peter Vogt
Katherine Wade
Jalea Ward
Robert Waters
Adam & Rosy Watts
Carly Weggeland
Molly Weiss
Joanna West
Jenny-Rose White
Leslie White
Mette Wikkelsø
G W Wilkins
Liz & Jo Windley-Poole
Georgia Winter
Vanessa Wood
Cherie Woodard
Rachel Worboys
Gayle Zive0coruscater0
aggiebell
alibaster
alysun88
aminamithri
asetneferankh
aster_ivy
auroradreamsuk
bat_cheva
blithespirit
caligari
calligrafiti
catimenthe
chandrakant
chelleann77
cloakmaker
crvcifix
darth_teca
dmwcarol
drgntrainer
elowenn2
elsebeth
enigmania
faerierhona
feather802
femetal
fiofiorina
floatingshift
grrr_arrrgg
imblebee
itsazoefish
jeannegrrl
johannaelisabet
kaesha_nikovana
kaos_sparrow
kit_thekittykat
lady_fox
ladystrange5150
lhiannan1981
lirion
liten_sak
lydianmode
lylassandra
metalfatigue0
milkshakedream
missmelissajane
miz_anneliese
molster
moltenmoon
muuranker
naath
nimoloth
offbeatentrack
paantha
pinkchili
psion67
purplefrog26
rapta
ravynmaniac
silverblade_kun
simplelyric
slythwolf
soldiergrrrl
squelchbaker
tigerlofu
uschi_sushi
vashtiabukhalil
wicked_luthy
Skills

Posted on

June 30, 2014

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *