UK artist Grayson Perry is perhaps just as well-known as his alter-ego Claire. Since Perry was 15 years old, Claire has existed concurrently—donning wigs and high heels. And, since 2014, Claire has mostly worn dresses designed by students at Central St Martins, thanks to an annual competition for them to create frocks for her. Perry himself is, of course, an established artist but in the upcoming exhibition “Making Himself Claire: Grayson Perry’s Dresses” (opening next month at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool) several of Claire’s dresses will be on display. Pauline Rushton (the Senior Curator of Decorative Arts at National Museums Liverpool) says, “It is fascinating to see how themes of identity, social status, sexuality and religion are represented in a variety of symbols across Claire’s dresses, along with Perry’s own personal iconography.” Read more at It’s Nice That.
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