Senior Thesis Exhibition, Catalog & Body Bag
A celebration of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' birth as an icon through the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Still Remains examines the iconography of November 22nd, 1963 through the cycle of life/death/birth — preserving the moment when Jackie and her pink suit 'shaped the shift' in definitive American, gender and fashion culture.
The interior and exterior design decisions of this large-format catalog are based upon a formal and contextual inversion of the body bag. More specifically, my intentions were captured throughout the pacing of the book; first providing a historical background, then through the documentation of "Shaping the Shift" where we see Jackie's immediate influence on culture through 1962-1964, and to conclude, a transition into contemporary fashion essays, theories, symbolic metaphors, and side-by-side positioned photographs.
In producing and curating this multi-disciplinary project, my objective is to serve as a contemporary voice to our nations ongoing struggle of a national identity. Furthermore, this body bag is meant to serve as a symbol of cultural preservation; to represent the First Lady's heroic instincts and to act as a continuation of the her signature fashion incarnations and intangible legacy.
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11.75" x 17.75", 119 pages.
Series 1 of 1.
Materials: cyanotype silk cover, hand sewn binding, handset gold taping.
Size: 27" x 72"
Materials: Hand dyed wool bouclé, cyanotype silk, hand dyed silk straps, gocco printed satin taping, resin cast buttons and wool lettering.
Thanks to Annie Larson for bringing the bag to life.