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The Wear Project: identity and clothing in relation to costume design and education

Malik, Nadia (2016) The Wear Project: identity and clothing in relation to costume design and education. In: Futurescan 3: Intersecting Identities. Association of Fashion and Textiles Courses. (In Press)

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When we meet a character in a performance, the implicit understanding is that they have existed until the point where we join their journey and will continue existing after we leave them. Their clothing tells a story, a history to the audience before we hear them speak and before any action takes place. As a Costume Designer and Lecturer, my awareness of costuming as an anthropological practice has led me to explore these principles using myself as the subject of scrutiny. For one year I am logging every clothing combination I go through along with memories, prices, locations and dates, in order to explore the conscious and subconscious clothing decisions I make and the stories, embedded in my clothes, that I am surrounded by every day. What does my wardrobe mean to me inwardly and reveal to my audience outwardly, and how does this ‘me-search’ extend my artistic practice?

The Wear Project will be a visual archive, a teaching tool, and a foundation for further academic research and writing through the questions it raises about storytelling, memory, dress and audience: a personal interrogation generating a critical framework for understanding the dramaturgical significance of costume.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Uncontrolled Keywords: Technical Theatre Authentic learning Self-evaluation Critical thinking Reflection Costume
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Schools: School of Art, Design and Architecture
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Depositing User: Nadia Malik
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2016 11:51
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2016 18:33


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