In 1988 an incident at a strip club in New York, where Tania Ferrier worked, inspired her to create Angry Underwear; bras and pants with teeth and eyes on them. Initially for the strippers to wear on stage, Angry Underwear went from club land to become an international media sensation covered by USA, AUS, German, Italian, Japanese and Mexican TV programs and other media outlets. An exclusive lingerie store, Enelra, sold Angry Underwear and Naomi Campbell, Lauren Hutton, Reno and Odetta are amongst celebrities who own Ferrier bras.
In Perth in 1991, the exhibition, “ Angry Underwear and Other Statements “, was briefly closed by the Shadow Minister for the Arts, Pendal, citing obscenity and inappropriate use of government funding. This in turn lead to thousands of people seeing the exhibition at Artemis Gallery when it was re-opened with news outlets and talkback shows covering the story as well as national newspapers and magazines.
Ferrier moved onto other art forms after Angry Underwear that gave voice to her interests in feminism and social justice issues ( see www.taniaferrier.com ) but will exhibit documentation of the original project at Noir Gallery in Melbourne in February, 2018.
In the arts journal Praxis M, Zoe Sofia wrote: Angry Underwear is costume as cultural intervention; she who is coded to-be-looked at can look ( and bite ) back.