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The Organic Imperative

2011, BA, Kent State University, College of the Arts / School of Art.
Architecture and fashion have historically been considered somewhat parallel disciplines in that both fulfill a unique role in dual service to human functionality and artistic expression. However, this so-called “timeless relevance” is largely lacking from the modern practice of fashion as evidenced by rampant consumerism, consumer frustration, and a growing quantity of textile goods in both landfills and thrift store donation bins. This thesis proposes that fashion can meet its promise for relevance, expression, and functionality through the application of organic principles. This argument requires examination of the body-clothing connection, critique of contemporary fashion’s implementation, exploration of the origins of ‘Organic Architecture,’ and application of these principles to fashion. By realizing the organic imperative in design, fabrication, production, and even consumer purchase, fashion can take on a timeless relevance, and be worthy of the high platform modern culture lends to it.
Jean Druesedow (Advisor)
Noel Palomo-Lovinski (Committee Member)
Diane Davis-Sikora (Committee Member)
Elizabeth Howard (Committee Member)
101 p.

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