I came across this series of images, accompanying an article about an exhibition displaying the work of two extremely talented costumers working in Texas, Linda Leyendecker Gutierrez and Niti Volpe. The gowns you will see here were designed between 1985 and 2006, for two different clients, for the Martha Washington Colonial Pageant and Ball, held in Laredo, Texas.
That is, at the core, what we achieve when we dress up all fancy and stuff. We gain access to segments of our inner selves that we keep out of sight for one reason or another. It may be that we don't feel entirely comfortable with some aspect of our inner self, so we lock it away. Or it may be that the kind of behavior we wish to indulge is not socially acceptable under normal circumstances.
Whatever the reason that lies beneath it all, the result is the same. We open a door inside ourselves, and some part of us emerges into the light for a time.
And of course the simplicity of play, of dressing up for the sheer fun of it, devoid of deeper considerations is a pleasure we tend to lose as we grow up, so, again, giving that a chance to reemerge is a wonderful thing. It's freeing, sensual delight.