Dresses paired up with their painted paraphrases, often accompanied by jewellery, make up Adele Frank’s twin pieces, in which the mirror effect is enhanced by the application of a unique 3D crumpled sewing technique. Painting and fashion design do not appear as distant genres in these twin works but much rather as complementary elements of an integral whole. Adele’s crumpled sewing paintings were first featured in her Starving Beauty series exploring how the ideal of female
beauty is distorted and manipulated by economic interests in an age when the fulfilling experience of womanhood is replaced by fashion models dying on the catwalk and hundreds of thousands of women undergo excruciating and unnecessary cosmetic surgery in the name of ‘beauty’. The designer-artist’s early works, such as her cycles titled The Risk of Playing Chess with God and the Modern Venus, convey political and social criticism. In her series Flags Adele used her crumpled
sewing technique to create the portraits of such iconic women as Queen Elizabeth II or Marilyn Monroe, while in her self-portraits she addressed two main concepts: the Geisha Warrior, a supreme manifestation of feminine and masculine attributes, and the Geisha Bride, a latent paradox of femininity put on a pedestal.
In June 2008, 2010 and 2014 Adele’s paintings were exhibited along with her collections.