Unravelling design : fashion, dressmaking, ethos

Dunlop, Paula Louise (2011) Unravelling design : fashion, dressmaking, ethos. PhD by Creative Works, Queensland University of Technology.


Discourses on ethical fashion are usually geared toward finding solutions—or right outcomes—to ethical problems, based on a teleological model of design and a positioning of the designer as an autonomous and isolated design authority. This practice-led project argues, however, that considerations of design ethics must take into account not only the outcome of a design, but also the ongoing, lived experience of designing as a making located in pre-existing social, historical and cultural conditions. Through an exploration of my own dressmaking practice and a reading of ethos as location, I argue for two things: one, for the designer as a located entity rather than an autonomous "author", and, two, against design-asplan and the original design object, and for the circular and conditioned character of design. Through a connection to ethos, understandings of design ethics shift from an end object focus to something situated, and invested in, everyday lived experience—and always in the making.

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ID Code: 47518
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD by Creative Works)
Supervisor: McNamara, Andrew & Horton, Kathleen
Keywords: design, dressmaking, ethics, ethos, fashion, location, re-making
Divisions: Past > Disciplines > Fashion
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 07 Dec 2011 01:09
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2011 01:09

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