Conceptual fashion : design, practice and process

Morley, Jane (2013) Conceptual fashion : design, practice and process. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


While Conceptual fashion design practices have been a pervasive influence in fashion since the early 1980s, there is little academic analysis that might explain how they are distinct from conventional fashion design practices. In addition, fashion practitioners have not historically contributed to fashion research. As a result, contemporary fashion practitioners have difficulty setting critical contexts and expanding their creative work as there is little relevant literature available from practitioner perspectives. This project uses practice-led research to develop a discourse for understanding Conceptual fashion design process and how it relates to more conventional fashion design practices. In this exegesis I use Conceptual art as a lens to expand understandings of Conceptual fashion and my own creative practice. This analysis demonstrates that there are valuable connections to be drawn between Conceptual art and Conceptual fashion practice. In particular, these connections reveal the differences between the way Conceptual and more conventional fashion designers relate to the conceptual and the visual in their design process. This exploration demonstrates that while fashion is a visual field, Conceptual fashion designers produce a more ‘intellectual’ type of fashion that uses the visual to communicate ideas that question the nature of fashion. I explore the relevance of these ideas through application and experimentation in my creative practice projects by drawing from systems and rules identified in the work of early Conceptual artists and contemporary Conceptual fashion designers.

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ID Code: 62703
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Horton, Kathleen & Stevens, Grant William
Keywords: conceptual fashion, conceptual art, fashion design, design process, fashion practice, design system, practice-led, Hussein Chalayan, Rei Kawakubo, Comme des Garçons, Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Martin Margiela, Viktor & Rolf, Ann Demuelmeester, Junya Watanabe, Sol LeWitt, Joseph Kosuth, Lucy Lippard
Divisions: Past > Disciplines > Fashion
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 19 Sep 2013 07:24
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2015 05:47

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