• Katherine Hasegawa

What is the meaning of the dress design?

Updated: Dec 21, 2020

With this dress, I wanted to represent the traditional costume of Venezuela. You might find women wearing flowing ruffled dresses at national celebrations while men dress up with liqui liqui.

Recalling that I made the dress to participate in a cultural celebration at Anglia Ruskin University, I based this first creation on my beloved country's folkloric dress.

From top to bottom, the centre of the upper part of the dress contains Venezuelan Bs.f 100 (Bolivares Fuertes) notes which have printed Simón Bolívar's face. Bolívar is recognised as one of the most important heroes in Venezuela and Latin America's history, and that is where the official name of the Venezuelan currency ("Bolívar") comes from.

The rest of the dress was made with around 2.500 unit of (Bs.F) valid between 2007-2018 and Bolivares Soberanos (Bs.S) 2018-present.

An interesting fact: The (Bs.F 100) bills used to make this piece were taken out of circulation by the government in December 2017. The Central Bank of Venezuela printed two new paper-notes with Bolivar's face - one was the Bs.F 20,000 and the other the Bs.F 100,000. In this way, it is easier to hide the phenomenon of hyperinflation in Venezuela.

The garment contains hundreds of fans that together simulate the waves of the Venezuelan folk dress. Additionally, by using the hand-fan design, I intended to represent somehow the name of this web page: ideasforvenezuela.org.

I am working hard to grow this project into a space that crowdsources ideas that help rebuild my country's economy and society.

In summary, the fan design on my dress symbolises the multiple ranges of ideas that can arise from each of us to support Venezuela, as well as the Venezuela traditional costume.

I am now looking for web developers and investors who want to work on creating further this portal.

Want to take on this opportunity? Connect with me on LinkedIn, on Instagram or by email.


Where has the money dress been displayed?

At the Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) during the Global Week

At the Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS)

At the ARU's Faculty of Business and Law

At the Ruskin Gallery in the Sustainable Art Prize (SAP)

At the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) monthly chapter study meeting in Cambridge

At the Histon & Impington Feast Festival

At the Royal Coin Cabinet National Museum of Economy of Stockholm, Sweden


What are the future plans with the money dress?

This dress can be exhibited on a mannequin in different venues like museums, galleries, universities, high-street events, and others.

My wish is that it will be part of an exhibition at The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge Or even at the Tate Modern gallery in London one day.

I will continue wearing it on any occasion that allows me to speak out for my Venezuelan people and whether possible to raise money to help my homeland.

I would love to continue visiting universities in the UK, doing demonstrations and delivering speeches.

Help me to carry on my mission. Contact me today!

Thanks for reading!

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