Statement of responsibility: Lynn-Sayers McHattie
Includes bibliographical references (pp.325-332).
Women’s individual identity discourses are encoded socially and culturally throughrelationships with material objects and practices of dress. Relationships with lovedobjects yield an emotional and intellectual approach that literally unpicks fashion,exposing its operations, its relations to the body whilst at the same time bindingfeminine structures. This more expansive view of fashion situates the relationshipmaterial objects have to the self and how women relate to the material world as auniverse of meaning making.The phenomenological inquiry presents a set of methods for practice based researchincluding observations from workshops, in-depth interviews, case studies, films andquestionnaires. The research as practice approach includes visual and verbal narrativesthat portray the essence of the self, interpreting the conceptual complexities that areinherently tentative, temporal and temporary in identity construction. The intimateresearch portraits are presented as the interplay between image and text; whilst thefilms portray the silent spaces in research contexts. These visual apparatus speak ofexpressions of embodiment.It is the articulation of these feminine practices that elucidates the incorporation ofthe socially constructed body into the corporeal. The situal thus embodies the livedrelation as a result of the phenomena experienced in the specific social encounter.The situal, positions the social practices of fashion as a series of intimate identitydiscourses. Through this collective engagement, heterogeneous forms of knowledgeemerge, transforming the act of dressing into a wider view of self and life.
PhD (Practice-Based) Glasgow School of Art 2012
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