Love in Fine Fashion

Co-translation of the audio text for the exhibition L’Amour sous toutes ses coutures
McCord Museum, Montreal, 2014

The thirty wedding dresses and accessories from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries displayed in this show were each described in popular metaphoric terms reflecting the imagined relationships of those who wore them. The garment-related word plays included “to set one’s cap for,” “to wear one’s heart on one’s sleeve,” “to be like hand in glove,” “to be close-knit,” “to tie the knot,” “to get hot under the collar,” “to keep something up one’s sleeve,” “to pull up one’s socks,” “to be down-at-the-heels,” “to come apart at the seams,” “to patch (things) up” and “(to see the) silver lining.”

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