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

Malik, N. ORCID: 0000-0002-0401-6566, 2016. The Wear Project: identity and clothing in relation to costume design and education. In: H. Britt, L. Morgan and K. Walton, eds., Futurescan 3: intersecting identities. Loughborough: Creative & Print Services, Loughborough University on behalf of the Association of Fashion and Textile Courses, pp. 188-193. ISBN 9781911217084

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Abstract

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: Chapter in book
Description: This paper was presented at Futurescan 3: Intersecting Identities, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland, 11-12 November 2015.
Creators: Malik, N.
Publisher: Creative & Print Services, Loughborough University on behalf of the Association of Fashion and Textile Courses
Place of Publication: Loughborough
Date: 2016
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 18 Jul 2018 10:07
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2018 10:34
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/34096

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