The male fashion bias

Neighbour, Mark Lyle (2008) The male fashion bias. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


Since the establishment of the first European fashion houses in the nineteenth century the male wardrobe has been continually appropriated by the fashion industry to the extent that every masculine garment has made its appearance in the female wardrobe. For the womenswear designer, menswear’s generic shapes are easily refitted and restyled to suit the prevailing fashionable silhouette. This, combined with a wealth of design detail and historical references, provides the cyclical female fashion system with an endless supply of “regular novelty” (Barthes, 2006, p.68). Yet, despite the wealth of inspiration and technique across both male and female clothing, the bias has largely been against menswear, with limited reciprocal benefit. Through an exploration of these concepts I propose to answer the question; how can I use womenswear patternmaking and construction technique to implement change in menswear design?

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ID Code: 18362
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Horton, Kathleen & Vaughan, Suzi
Keywords: male fashion, clothing design, gender, tailoring, clothing construction, dress reform, innovation, design process , contemporary menswear, fashion exhibition
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 26 Feb 2009 05:53
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2017 14:32

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