black dress

Every woman needs a black dress. Or so the glamour magazines repeatedly remind us. Too often, though, these dresses are worn only once for a special occasion and then end up unused and unwanted. This idea has inspired performance artist Dawn to create a piece centered on commodification in contemporary society. Dawn has sewn together a monument to the little black dress and all it represents: she has collected over 800 images of women modeling their dresses on eBay and turned them into an elegant yet monumental dress that borrows from former notions of courtly grandeur and femininity. Check out the eBay auction and the live feed from her performance debuting the dress on Saturday, April 22, 2006 from 7 to 9 p.m. EDT. Go to and check out item # 930632853.