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Interface: concept and context as strategies for innovative fashion design and communication: an analysis from the perspective of the conceptual fashion design practitioner

Bugg, Jessica (2006) Interface: concept and context as strategies for innovative fashion design and communication: an analysis from the perspective of the conceptual fashion design practitioner. PhD thesis, University of the Arts London.

Type of Research: Thesis
Creators: Bugg, Jessica

This practice-led PhD proposes alternative practices in a research and design context that explore the intersection of fashion, fine art and performance methodology and practice. The project exposes and documents the emergence and development of conceptual and experimental fashion and interdisciplinary practice at the edges of the fashion discipline. The research provides new insights into the way fashion designers can work conceptually and how their work might be perceived differently, dependent on contexts of presentation. It investigates how the concept behind the design and the context of presentation affect these readings for both the viewer and the wearer. It uncovers the emotional and experiential factors of fashion and exposes how we experience and respond to clothing/fashion in a variety of contexts.

The thesis draws attention to the lack of specific identification given to conceptual thinking in fashion design as an outcome within its own right and proposes new applications and approaches to this practice. The research methodology developed within the practice extends the potential of communicating body related concepts to wearers and viewers through the medium of clothing worn on the body and can be applied in part or whole across a range disciplines. The thesis synthesises a body of knowledge to inform practitioners of conceptual fashion and reveals the complexity of communication between designer, wearer and viewer of conceptual fashion in specific contexts.

The researcher has designed collections of concept-based work, which are not driven by market constraints, trends and seasons but by concepts and processes. These collections have been tested and analysed in a variety of contexts and written up as three major case studies. The process of design developed within this research focuses on the body, movement and behaviour; through experimentation and testing it reaffirms the emphasis on the creative process allowing for consideration of context as fundamental to the communication of embodied concepts. It is argued that it is necessary for fashion designers to review the way in which they design for specific contexts such as dance, exhibition and areas of fashion promotion and communication. This requires a different approach that pays attention to both concept and context at the point of inception.

Additional Information (Publicly available):

Thesis includes CDs of the following: Case Study Movinq Image Work
a. Case Study 1: Performance at Paper Scissors Paint Exhibition
b. Case Study 1: Performance at Young at Art Awards
c. Case Study 2: Improvisation Chisenhale Dance Space
d. Case Study 2: Performance at Vain Glorious, London
e. Case Study 3: Red Shoe Lace Dress, Chisenhale Dance
f. Sensing Change, 2005, Union Dance
g. Performance at Hay Gallery Exhibition
h. Final Video 2006

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Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Fashion
Date: December 2006
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2013 16:46
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2024 09:30
Item ID: 5663
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/5663

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