The dress as art

Wedding Dresses

Courtesy of Stephanie London

Is the fee to preserve and box up your dress worth it? It's a nice idea to save our dresses to pass down to a sister or a daughter. But there are more ways than one to preserve a memory. I like what artist Stephanie London does: paint portraits of the dress itself. Who needs a box in a closet when you can have art on the wall?

Stephanie attended FIT in New York to study design, but began to paint dresses as a way to beautify her world after surviving a 5-story fall from a fire escape. Her lengthy recovery period produced these gorgeous tonal portraits. What's cool is that the dresses are painted alone, but they suggest the wearer still in them. This can come across as cheerful or eerie or both, depending on the hues she incorporates.

I love this idea—because it's a way to put your dress (a highly individual choice) back on, so to speak. And it's always more fun to pass art on down to your kids than a dress, don't you think? —from our Local Scout Atlanta blogger Melissa Disken

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