What is in the name of a fashion designer

Ferrero-Regis, Tiziana (2009) What is in the name of a fashion designer. In Vaughan, Suzi & Schmidt , Christine (Eds.) Five : Fashion Musings. Post Pressed, Teneriffe, Queensland, pp. 74-85.

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Currently, fashion quite comfortably covers the space between unique pieces and serialisation, mobilising as necessary the discourses of art or commerce; however, the question of what a fashion designer is remains open. Historically, the image of the fashion designer has been constructed within a heroic and Romantic narrative centred on the concept of designers as artists and hence authors. The recent development of the fashion industry as an image-driven industry, on the one hand, and the placement of fashion in museum contexts on the other, requires a re-thinking of the function of the designer. This paper does not set out to identify a theory that establishes a truthful answer to the position and significance of the fashion designer within the fashion system, but it proposes that an analytical and critical understanding of the fashion designer requires a contextualisation of the philosophies and institutions (including fashion magazines and fashion criticism) that support it.

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ID Code: 28845
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Revised version of a paper presented at the AAANZ conference, Brisbane 5 December 2008.
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Keywords: Fashion Design, Foucault, haute couture
ISBN: 9781921214479
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Past > Disciplines > Fashion
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2009 22:55
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2015 23:23

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