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Echo

Vaughan, Suzi (2003) Echo. [Exhibition/Event]

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                Description

                "Echo" was a large scale, multi-disciplinary research project focussed around a number of original items of dress dating from the 19th and early 20th centuries, which became catalysts for exploring the language and significance of fashion across the ages. Echo evolved through a collaborative research process, which brought together fashion designers, academics, artists, filmmakers and creative practitioners and culminated in three major outcomes; a short film, a live interdisciplinary performance and exhibition in Brisbane (July 2003), and a major exhibition in London (December 2004). The entire project was developed, directed and curated by Suzi Vaughan in collaboration with over forty participants from across Australia, New Zealand and the UK. The historic items of dress that formed the basis of Echo had been separated from their original contexts and many of them had suffered a number of alterations and amateur repairs rendering them difficult to precisely date. The process involved assigning each of these ‘lost’ and degraded pieces to a different designer/practitioner who entered into a dialogue with them, as a means for examining their perceptions and beliefs about fashion and its place within society. Each collaborator then created a new piece that drew its inspiration from the original, either through its ‘re-engineering’ or through the translation of it’s perceived values and meanings. The project successfully brought together the academy, artists and the fashion industry to work together towards an actively hybrid outcome. The field was the investigation of new approaches to fashion research that best fostered convergences between practice-led, visual and text based research methododologies. The key question was how ‘lost’ and degraded pieces of historical clothing could actively contribute to contemporary understandings of fashion and new practice-led fashion research, contextualised by the critical imperative to counter enduring separations between the fashion object, the practice of fashion and, in many cases, the fashion image itself from the more received text. Once separated from their contexts, or degraded, items of historical clothing often become non-viable propositions for museums and galleries, and by disappearing from public view we lose the invaluable opportunity that they offer us to increase our understanding of fashion within society. Echo offered an innovative strategy to break this cycle through the fostering of a new research paradigm. The Brisbane performance and exhibition season of Echo (July 2003) were presented at Old Government House as part of ‘Making an Appearance’- the first international fashion conference held in Australia. The London exhibition (Nov-Dec 2004) was held in conjunction with the Fashion and Archive Study Day at the London College of Fashion. ‘Echo – The Prelude’ short film was subsequently shown at a public lecture at RMIT in July 2003 (Melbourne) and at ‘The Space Between’ Conference in Perth in April 2004. The project has also been a major catalyst for ongoing practice led research for many of the collaborators, with subsequent works presented widely in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

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                ID Code: 21099
                Item Type: Creative Work (Exhibition/Event)
                Other Contributors:
                Role Contributors
                Designer
                • Wendy Armstrong
                Designer
                • Pam Easton
                Designer
                • Lydia Pearson
                Designer
                • Toni Maticevski
                Designer
                • Akira Isogawa
                Designer
                • Susan Dimarsi
                Researcher
                • Sophia Errey
                Researcher
                • Juliet Pearce
                Researcher
                • Rose Vera
                Researcher
                • Mark McDean
                Researcher
                • Alison Shreeve
                Researcher
                • Margo Barton
                Funders: Queensland University of Technology
                Material: Various
                Measurements or Duration: Various
                Number of Pieces: 60
                Locations/Venues:
                Location: From date: To date:
                Old Government House, Brisbane, Australia 2003-07-10 2003-07-13
                RMIT, Melbourne, Australia 2003-07-21 2003-07-21
                Fashion Space Gallery, London, UK 2004-12-02 2004-12-10
                Keywords: fashion research, creative practice, significance of fashion, multi-disciplinary
                Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Film and Television (190204)
                Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Performance and Installation Art (190504)
                Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Textile and Fashion Design (120306)
                Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Visual Arts and Crafts not elsewhere classified (190599)
                Divisions: Past > Disciplines > Fashion
                Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
                Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003, 2004 individual creators
                Deposited On: 11 Jun 2009 08:40
                Last Modified: 13 Jul 2011 22:57

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