A Girl's Guide to Fashion Evolution

  • Ginny Ruffner, A Girl's Guide to Fashion Evolution, 1987, glass and acrylic paint, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Carol and Don Wiiken, 1999.57.17

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Ginny Ruffner's sculptures take the viewer on a bizarre and fantastical journey through her stories. In A Girl's Guide to Fashion Evolution, Ruffner explores what it means to be female. The ribbons, jewelry, and lace seem frivolous when placed next to objects that evoke adventure and excitement, such as a pyramid, campfire, or squid.

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"In weaving seemingly disparate elements together in my sculpture, I have worked to develop a language of those long-stretch connections, this gestalt of the absurd." Ginny Ruffner
A Girl's Guide to Fashion Evolution
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19 1/4 x 13 7/8 x 9 5/8 in. (48.8 x 35.3 x 24.5 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Carol and Don Wiiken

Mediums Description
glass and acrylic paint
  • Architecture – other – campsite
  • Monument – tomb – pyramid
  • Dress – accessory – jewelry
  • Object – furniture – chair
  • Emblem – heart
  • Dress – accessory – shoe
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