“They often speak of ‘building’ a dress. To create their garments, which tend to include a multitude of textiles (and finicky ones, like tulle, organza, leather, and lace), adornments (crystals, feathers, rosettes), and techniques (draping, pleating, dyeing), the Mulleavys work with a team of three seamstresses, a pattern-maker, a dyer, a leather worker, and three knitters. One mid-length yellow chiffon dress from the 2006 fall collection took a hundred and fifty hours to complete.”
Geographically confusing, but true.
The project invites visitors to populate a “mountain colony” of dome tents arranged around a circular stage. A silhouette of the San Gabriel Mountains covers the surrounding walls.
Last year, Haeg designed a local “Edible Estates” installation at Descanso Gardens. That project was based on his book “Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn,” which challenges landowners to replace traditional grass yards with sustainable gardens.
Above, “Dome Colony X in the San Gabriels,” installation view at X Initiative, New York. Below, the image and silhouette of the San Gabriels. (Photos courtesy of Fritz Haeg and X Initiative)