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  • michael_kard
    Senior Member
    • Oct 2010
    • 2152

    Fashion theory

    A thread to discuss theoretical writing on fashion.

    I started working on my dissertation; the subject is understanding fashion as an embodied and 'felt' practice, possibly with the work of Helmut Lang, Ann and Yohji as case studies. This is done in opposition to semiotics and understanding dress as 'social text'.

    Some of my favourite books on the subject are Body Dressing (my absolute favourite and surprisingly enjoyable to read), Cloth and human experience and Clothing as material culture. One of the reasons I particularly appreciate this material-oriented approach is because it provides a framework for understanding and analyzing dress beyond normative ideas of exchange value and sterotypes of prestige etc.
    ENDYMA / Archival fashion & Consignment
    Helmut Lang 1986-2005 | Ann Demeulemeester | Raf Simons | Burberry Prorsum | and more...
  • Faust
    kitsch killer
    • Sep 2006
    • 37852

    #2
    Pretty sure we have this topic somewhere.
    Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months - Oscar Wilde

    StyleZeitgeist Magazine

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    • trentk
      Senior Member
      • Oct 2010
      • 709

      #3
      Nick Land could be interesting with your material-oriented line of inquiry. Don't have time to write a long message at the moment, so I'll pm you sometime soon.
      "He described this initial impetus as like discovering that they both were looking at the same intriguing specific tropical fish, with attempts to understand it leading to a huge ferocious formalism he characterizes as a shark that leapt out of the tank."

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      • michael_kard
        Senior Member
        • Oct 2010
        • 2152

        #4
        Thanks TrentK, right now it's all about reading and absorbing as much info as I can so if you know any specific publications that are relevenant it would be greatly appreciated!
        ENDYMA / Archival fashion & Consignment
        Helmut Lang 1986-2005 | Ann Demeulemeester | Raf Simons | Burberry Prorsum | and more...

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        • michael_kard
          Senior Member
          • Oct 2010
          • 2152

          #5
          The idea of fashion as a profoundly democratic discourse has been explored in depth by Gilles Lipovetsky in The Empire of Fashion, which I think is one of the most important books on the subject.
          ENDYMA / Archival fashion & Consignment
          Helmut Lang 1986-2005 | Ann Demeulemeester | Raf Simons | Burberry Prorsum | and more...

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          • kagitsune
            Member
            • Nov 2010
            • 48

            #6
            entire peer-reviewed journal on this. Fashion Theory, published by Berg, edited by Valerie Steele. Full text of all issues available through ingentaconnect.

            If you (or anyone) sees an article title that interests you, PM me and I can grab the pdf for you. I still have access through my old school's database subscription. ;)
            Originally posted by Yohji Yamamoto, on his second Paris show
            From the next collection it became a war. I didn't want a war but too much attack made me fight.' And you are a good fighter, I say, referring to his black belt in karate. 'I am,' he nods.

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            • michael_kard
              Senior Member
              • Oct 2010
              • 2152

              #7
              Thank you very much for the offer! Thankfully the art school in my city has most issues.
              ENDYMA / Archival fashion & Consignment
              Helmut Lang 1986-2005 | Ann Demeulemeester | Raf Simons | Burberry Prorsum | and more...

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              • Faust
                kitsch killer
                • Sep 2006
                • 37852

                #8
                Originally posted by kagitsune View Post
                entire peer-reviewed journal on this. Fashion Theory, published by Berg, edited by Valerie Steele. Full text of all issues available through ingentaconnect.

                If you (or anyone) sees an article title that interests you, PM me and I can grab the pdf for you. I still have access through my old school's database subscription. ;)
                Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months - Oscar Wilde

                StyleZeitgeist Magazine

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                • michael_kard
                  Senior Member
                  • Oct 2010
                  • 2152

                  #9
                  The first book of fashion

                  Fashion conveys complex messages. The recreation of an outfit taken from one of an extraordinary series of Renaissance portraits reveals how one man made his
                  ENDYMA / Archival fashion & Consignment
                  Helmut Lang 1986-2005 | Ann Demeulemeester | Raf Simons | Burberry Prorsum | and more...

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