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‘Spotty Dick’ : a research experiment to test design suitability for the use of jewelled spot matrix patterns for UV aware men’s swimwear

Brough, Dean (2009) ‘Spotty Dick’ : a research experiment to test design suitability for the use of jewelled spot matrix patterns for UV aware men’s swimwear. [Textual Work]

Description

The great male Aussie cossie is growing spots.

The ‘dick’ tog, as it is colloquially referred to, is linked to Australia’s national identify with overtly masculine bronzed Aussie bodies clothed in this iconic apparel. Yet the reality is our hunger for worshiping the sun and the addiction to a beach lifestyle is tempered by the pragmatic need for neck-to-knee, or more apt head-to-toe, swimwear.

Spotty Dick is an irreverent play on male swimwear – it experiments with alternate modes to sheath the body with Lyrca in order to protect it from searing UV’s and at the same time light-heartedly fools around with texture and pattern; to be specific, black Scharovsky crystals, jewelled in spot patterns - jewelled clothing is not characteristically aligned to menswear and even less so to the great Aussie cossie. The crystals form a matrix of spots that attempt to provoke a sense of mischievousness aligned to the Aussie beach larrikin. Ironically, spot patterns are in itself a form of a parody, as prolonged sun exposure ages the skin and sun spots can occur if appropriate sun protection is not used.

‘Spotty Dick’ – a research experiment to test design suitability for the use of jewelled spot matrix patterns for UV aware men’s swimwear.

The creative work was paraded at 56 shows, over a 2 week period, and an estimated 50,000 people viewed the work.

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ID Code: 48091
Item Type: Creative Work (Textual Work)
Material: Swimwear
Measurements or Duration: 56 shows over 2 week period. Est 50,000 people viewed the creative work
Number of Pieces: 1
Locations/Venues:
Location: From date: To date:
Queensland Exhibition - RNA Cotton and Wool parades 2009-08-06 2009-08-14
Keywords: Fashion Design, Men's swimwear design, Menswear parade, Creative fashion practice
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500)
Divisions: Past > Disciplines > Fashion
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Deposited On: 17 Jan 2012 07:50
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2012 07:50

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