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Following further guidelines from the NI Executive, in response to the most recent public health update, our four museums - Ulster Museum, Ulster Folk Museum, Ulster Transport Museum and Ulster American Folk Park - will remain closed for a planned four week period.
Blue linen printed dress, Dai Rees. Wicker basket case - part of outfit. Strapless pale blue linen dress with a little black embroidery. Worn with a twisted cane shoulder piece.
From exhibition label, early 2000s
Beaded Irsih linen dress with cane shoulder piece, 2000
Dai Rees, from South Walesm began his career creating hats which were often seen as relating more closely to art than millenery. He has recently begun to produce dress collections, in which the exotic, sculptural element of his millinery works is still seen in the extraordinary shoulder pieces which swathe the simple garment
From 'Grand Designers' exhibition label
Professor Dai Rees has recently secured a research fellowship at the London College of Fashion and is currently working on new technical methods for inlaying materials into leather hide. These projects have developed from his work in the fashon business between 1996 and 2002, where his experimental skills led to fashionable clothes which were also works of art. This linen dress is painted with acrylic and the sculptural cane neckpiece is a perfect foil for its simple lines.