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This photograph is one of several within Sherman's work which have been described as 'costume dramas'. In these photographs, as in all of her work, Sherman continually reinvents her own image by dressing up in a wide variety of costumes, and assuming a range of stereotyped poses and attitudes. The photos resulted from an invitation to do a fashion spread for the American magazine 'Interview'. The end results are a bizarre group, often unnerving and unglamorous, which pervert the conventions of fashion photography. Sherman has said of them that she was 'trying to make fun of fashion. I'm disgusted with how people get themselves to look beautiful, I'm much more fascinated with the other side'.

September 2004