C R I N O L I N E S + H E A D P I E C E S

Inspired by a photomontage – this graphic draws of architectural elements off the human form. Using drafting techniques and symbols, the image is coded with meaning.

Emphasis is placed on the 3dimensions of the human form secured within a temporary structure of light. As a result the buildings as a backdrop appear flattened.

She walks in the shadows of tall structures – concrete, metal and glass. She is hidden by their mass. How does she have a presence here? How can she state her significance? Buildings show off their form with light and highlight their features, entries and exits in the night, attracting attention, providing safety. People do this too.

An incandescent flicker and the light above her brow switches on as the sun goes down – Human street light. Here is my boundary, here is my circumference … she extends the shape of her silhouette and makes herself known to the solid surrounds. References are made to the fashions that seek to extend the female silhouette

ARCHITECTURAL HEADPIECE: A reference to elaborate renaissance headdress. The Gable hood is a wired headdress shaped like the gable of a house. Building architectural elements off the human form

The CRINOLINE: A large hooped skirt worn in Victorian times and developed from the earlier farthingale. Women of all classes with enthusiasm adopted the crinoline. It allowed women’s legs to be free from numerous heavy petticoats. It was light and created a large circumference, which surrounded her frame. If we look at basic proxemics, we see that the crinoline pushed out into the wearers’ social space. Therefore, physically maintaining strong personal boundaries.

Edward T Hall’s theory of proxemics looks at the hidden space that people form around their bodies and sees how this informs cultural expectations about how streets, neighbourhoods and cities should be organised.

  • Intimate space—the closest “bubble” of space surrounding a person. Entry into this space is acceptable only for the closest friends and intimates.
  • Social and consultative spaces—the spaces in which people feel comfortable conducting routine social interactions with acquaintances as well as strangers.
  • Public space—the area of space beyond which people will perceive interactions as impersonal and relatively anonymous

This project explores activating your own space with light and building architectural elements of the human form. It looks at drawing attention to your own circumference, highlighting your personal boundary and extending the shape of your silhouette. THE FEMALE IN PUBLIC SPACE : Revealing the most significant role of the circumference – this is illuminated.

Clothing – “and the purpose of this clothing, like any other, is partially protective, partially decorative”

xvii White Walls, Designer Dresses