Doll Clothes


16mm film

2min. 22sec.

Doll Clothes is a short, silent, black-and-white film about clothing tribulations using an animated cut-out photograph of the artist herself. Cindy Sherman is naked. Then she puts on clothes and looks in a mirror until two hands strip her naked again. The video ends with the frustrated-looking young woman closing a book with the flowery ornaments in which the action takes place.

Sherman created Doll Clothes while a student at Buffalo State College in New York. It foreshadowed her work on issues of identity, gender and representation. Symbolising the objectification of the body, the doll is found in later works such as the Sex Pictures series.

Doll Clothes was shown for the first time by the Pinault Collection during the 2009 exhibition "Mapping the Studio" at the Palazzo Grassi.