This is one dress that might not make it to anyone’s #OOTD shot, but it is nonetheless nothing short of magical. Artist Sigalit Landau submerged a black dress in the Dead Sea for two months for her series titled Salt Bride, and what happened is amazing. The traditional dress used is a replica of an outfit worn by Leah, a young bride in The Dybbuk, a 100-year-old play.
“By submerging Leah’s dress in the Dead Sea, it is transformed underwater as salt crystals gradually adhere to the fabric,” states a press release from Marlborough Contemporary. “Over time, the sea’s alchemy transforms the plain garment from a symbol associated with death and madness into the wedding dress it was always intended to be.”
The dress was taken out and photographed periodically over two months to capture the salt crystalisation progress. “Over the years, I learnt more and more about this low and strange place,” said Laundau of the Dead Sea. “Still the magic is there waiting for us: new experiments, ideas and understandings.”
“It is like meeting with a different time system, a different logic, another planet. It looks like snow, like sugar, like death’s embrace; solid tears, like a white surrender to fire and water combined.”
Check out the finished piece below:
This dress is not Landau’s first salt art creation, though. Her website showcases her other pieces, such as a bicycle, chandelier and violin.