At the Gates

Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh

27th October 2018 – 26th January 2019


Costumes for The Whore’s Rhetorick was a collaboration with costume designer Johanna Samuelson to create garments for two characters from The Whore’s Rhetorick, a political pornography from 1683. In the text, Mrs. Cresswell (left) enters the home of a dissipated Cavalier to lure his naive daughter Dorothea (right) into prostitution. Shot through with references to the textile industry, the story articulates numerous monarchist anxieties through the motif of clothing and fabric. From the threat of class mobility to the breakdown of lines of inheritance, the story sensationalizes the dangers of the UK descending into an “amorous republick” via the twinned occupations of sewing and sex work.

Read the full exhibition text here.

Installation photography by Sean Campbell and Sally Jubb.

Costumes for The Whore's Rhetorick (Mrs. Cresswell), 2018, leather shoes, satin ribbons, silk, polyester, synthetic muslin, cotton, lacing, leather

Costumes for The Whore's Rhetorick (Dorothea), 2018, satin ribbons, polyester, synthetic georgette, cotton, lacing, leather, net curtains, chiffon, fake pearls