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February 19, 2010


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I suppose I'd react more strongly to it if it was worn by someone... on the dummy it looks more like an artistic artifact, so I'm rather admiring the fabric itself than wondering why it's so tattered.


Although, when I look back at my comment, I probably should have left out the term "artistic" and replace it with something else, I'm not quite sure what - "finely crafted"? - because in the case of art it would more likely make me wonder.
Not that I want to decide what is art and what is not. I'm merely trying to describe my own reaction.

San D

Deconstructionism allows the artist to see all of the "parts", each just as important as the "whole".

FIDM Museum

Hana, I think you pinpoint one of the problems with looking at garments off the body! Meant to be worn on a body, they sometimes don't "read" quite right without the underlying human form. At the same time, it is sometimes easier to get a better sense of the intent of the designer without the distraction of a body. A troubling contradiction!

San D, good point. By breaking things down into their essential elements, it is sometimes possible to gain a better understanding of the whole.


i don't like how the tag shows through the netting in the back. i suppose it would be de rigueur to REMOVE a label - something i do as soon as i purchase a garment, since they scratch the sensitive nape of my neck. that being said, i am fond of ripped seams, tattered and torn ribbon, faded leather, rusted metal... unintentional design in the making....

FIDM Museum

Hi Nina,

We typically leave all labels in the garments, as they are part of the history of that particular object. Often they include information, such as the date, that is helpful in contextualizing the object.

That said, I'm with you on removing labels from garments that I'm going to wear!

Julia Bellaflores

In the haphazard musings that come to mind when confronted with deconstruction fashion, well, when confronted with deconstruction anything, is the thought that if a garment has been "designed and manufactured to look tattered and torn", then it wasn't deconstructed. The so called deconstruction trend has hit fashion retail at all levels, from couture to the cheapest forms of mass production. No shock value left. On the other hand, the "modern" notion of up-cycling in fashion actually seems more in line with deconstruction. This synthesis process of taking something created by someone else and pulling it apart then putting it together in a new context, like creating a stunning couture wedding gown from old t-shirts and coffee cup filters, contradicts and destabilizes more than a garment that attempts to feed off a creative trend that belongs in an artist's studio, not a manufacturing line.

Universal Garage Remote

Deconstraction fashion seems more like an art to me than a fashion trend. It looks good on a mannequin but I am not sure if it will give the same effect when worn by a person.

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