Abstract

This research explored the concept of stigma in dress history and used it as creative inspiration. Clothing can make us identify as individuals or with groups, yet also can serve as vehicles for isolation and discrimination. These include religious oppression, constricted garments, sumptuary laws, along with language and nomenclature. Through primary and secondary research sources, instances of stigmatization through dress were identified. Primary sources included historic garments and testimonies of people who experienced stigma in their dress. Secondary sources included scholarly books and research that accounted for documented dress that stigmatized groups or individuals. These served as a foundation for creative exploration, producing five contemporary fashion looks and one example garment. The five looks comprise a fashion collection that takes its inspiration from history. Colors, fabrics, silhouettes, and accessories all represent this theme. This study expands our understanding of oppression within society and how we can learn to harness stigmas and use them as a tool for empowerment.

Modified Abstract

This research explored the concept of stigma in dress history and used it as creative inspiration. Clothing can make us identify as individuals or with groups, yet also can serve as vehicles for isolation and discrimination. These include religious oppression, constricted garments, sumptuary laws, along with language and nomenclature. Through primary and secondary research sources, instances of stigmatization through dress were identified. These served as a foundation for creative exploration, producing five contemporary fashion looks and one example garment. This study expands our understanding of oppression within society and how we can learn to harness stigmas and use them as a tool for empowerment.

Research Category

Art/Fashion

Author Information

Kendall de Perrier-LewisFollow

Primary Author's Major

Fashion Design

Mentor #1 Information

Dr. Catherine Amoroso Leslie

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

21-3-2017 1:00 PM

Research Area

Ethics in Religion | Ethnic Studies | Fashion Design | Fiber, Textile, and Weaving Arts | Fine Arts | Illustration | Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Other History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology

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Mar 21st, 1:00 PM

Oppression: A Creative Exploration based on Stigmatization of Clothing throughout History

This research explored the concept of stigma in dress history and used it as creative inspiration. Clothing can make us identify as individuals or with groups, yet also can serve as vehicles for isolation and discrimination. These include religious oppression, constricted garments, sumptuary laws, along with language and nomenclature. Through primary and secondary research sources, instances of stigmatization through dress were identified. Primary sources included historic garments and testimonies of people who experienced stigma in their dress. Secondary sources included scholarly books and research that accounted for documented dress that stigmatized groups or individuals. These served as a foundation for creative exploration, producing five contemporary fashion looks and one example garment. The five looks comprise a fashion collection that takes its inspiration from history. Colors, fabrics, silhouettes, and accessories all represent this theme. This study expands our understanding of oppression within society and how we can learn to harness stigmas and use them as a tool for empowerment.