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Applying Face Pack
Straightening Hair

"She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men." Mr Darcy

"Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us." Mary Bennett

Applying Lipstick
Full Length Mirror

"Though he had detected with a critical eye more than one failure of perfect symmetry in her form, he was forced to acknowledge her figure to be light and pleasing." Mr Darcy

"She had dressed with more than usual care, and prepared in the highest spirits for the conquest of all that remained unsubdued of his heart, trusting that it was not more than might be won in the course of the evening." Elizabeth Bennett

This work was produced for the exhibition 'Written in Stone' at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon. It explores the subject of female vanity, and whether it is for the benefit of the women herself or for the other men and women that judge her. It's literal references are from Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice and are a comment on how her text is still relevant in today's society as although women have more freedom and rights, they are still judged by themselves and others on their physicality's, with many feeling pressurized to conform to an acceptable appearance.


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