Language, fashion, ballet and performance are elements that have found their way into my practice. This thesis explores how my research into the history of ballet and 19th century performance holds as a foothold for me that is threaded through the lenses of art history, fashion and consumerism. My experience as a child dancer are placed in juxtoposition to my process as an adult artist. I am fusing identities and histories with objects, language and costume. I am trying to find what lies between nudity and costume: that in between liminal state of public display and personal reality. I bring you into my practice through an anthropological lens, but also as self reflection, fantasy, metamorphosis, and disguise.