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Dress and Body: Oneness or Duality?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Human Ecology Building (HEB), Jill Stuart Gallery

This exhibition Dress and Body: Oneness or Duality? is the creative outcome of a research project by Professor Jooyoung Shin; an examination of the physical and conceptual relationship between dress and body in various socio-cultural contexts. Throughout history, Eastern and Western cultures have established substantial disparity in their understanding of the body. Westerners generally believe that the body is not only separate from the mind, but also is relegated to a subordinate position under the mind’s control. In comparison, in Eastern culture the body and mind are inseparable, so they are understood and perceived as one. Consequently each culture, with such divergent perspectives, has constructed a distinct dress-body relationship. The designs in this exhibit represent the visual dynamics between dress and body inspired by the dress-body relationships established in Eastern and Western cultures.

Dress and Body: Oneness or Duality? invites the audience to acknowledge and appreciate the beauty of cultures—their own and others, as well as to celebrate the rediscovery of cultural heritage as an inspiration for creators in all fields. It also demonstrates how an abstract concept can be manifest in a form of dress with the help of new technologies and materials to broaden the spectrum of creativity and feasibility.

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Fiber Science & Apparel Design

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