Crafted of bronze and embellished with flourishes of wire mesh, screening, cut-outs and bits of found objects, the dresses are at once both elegant and imposing. McCullough is fascinated with the duplicitous nature of steel which can be manipulated to appear feminine and soft while actually maintaining its strength and rigidity—an expression in contrasts and complements.
Fashion is well known as a reliable reflection of cultural trends and historical events. On a personal level, it has become Donna McCullough's creative vehicle for exploring the emotional roller coaster of life. Her inspiration arose from contemplating the dichotomy between the perception of women as fragile, delicate creatures, and the reality that most women are defined by resiliency and steely resolve. She employs a juxtaposition of extremes such as lightness and gravity, suppleness and intransigence, to convey feminine sensibilities.
About Donna McCullough
American, based in Washington, DC, United States