Confessions and the Sense of Self: An Intellectual approach to Fashion Design

By Noël Palomo-Lovinski.

Published by The Design Collection

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Fashion design exists in a world increasingly influenced by the world of artistic and intellectual ideas. Fashion no longer follows the zeitgeist as a reflection of styles or trends rather designers are defining new roles of self representation, identity and social context unique due to its relationship to the corporeal. The relatively new, increased focus on marketing and branding has encouraged the development of intellectualism within the design field offering new insights into social context. These new insights help to predict the future sense of clothing and its function beyond the utilitarian or usable.
This paper examines the critical process and creative outcomes of my artwork which are inspired by the rapid rise of the confessional impulse in popular culture expedited by technology. The contemporary trend of sharing fears, anxiety, guilt or desires has found a rich outlet on internet blogs and social networking sites. The seemingly egalitarian and anonymous nature of attention on the internet has encouraged the confession of deeply personal hidden feelings and perspectives while seeking reinforcement and a sense of belonging. By examining these ideas within popular culture in conjunction to fashion design, my work reflects observations of the changing nature of clothing and its influence on identity and the sense of self.

Keywords: Fashion Design, Intellectualism, Personal Work, Confessional Culture

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 6, pp.303-312. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.198MB).

Noël Palomo-Lovinski

Assistant Professor, Fashion Design and Merchandising, Kent State University, Kent, OH, USA

BFA in fashion from Parsons School of Design, MA in Visual Culture from New York University, MFA in Textiles from Kent State University. My interests are based on a more contemporary sense of meaning of fashion design and clothing in our contemporary society. It is my view, that in many facets of the fashion industry, emotionalism and a more meaningful attachment to personal identity means that the function of clothing is changing. The pursuit of understanding is framed within my reflective practice in the creation of actual pieces, writing and a study of other design disciplines.

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