Roles of artefacts in fashion research: Arts-Informed Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

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Abstract

Fashion is a complex of concepts which encompasses many often elusive, interconnected and overlapping meanings, thus, it is difficult to unequivocally define it. However, stemming from the typology of definitions proposed by Crane [1] based on how fashion is manifested within contemporary western culture, it can be articulated that, irrespective of the definition, clothing is a primary way of fashion’s manifestation. In my practice-based doctoral investigation into older men’s experiences of fashion [2], I built on this assumption, by adopting clothing as a key analytical term and conceptual lens to my creative interpretations. This, had important implications for the various roles of artefacts in this research process, including different objects belonging to the study participants (recorded and documented via methods of in-depth interviews and personal inventories), and the artefacts I produced as a creative practitioner in response to the empirical material I gathered.
In this paper, I discuss the threefold role of the artefacts in a fashion research process, in relation to the corresponding threefold role of interpretation and the hermeneutic circle model I developed for my study. I argue that, it was through my embodied interactions with various objects that were utilized as a) stimuli for conversation and dialogue; b) a ‘canvas’ for my practical experimentations and creative interpretations; and, c) a medium for knowledge dissemination, that I co-constructed new experiential understandings and offered fresh perspectives of the phenomenon under study.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Everything and Everybody as Material: Beyond Fashion Design Methods Conference and Exhibition, Swedish School of Textiles, Borås, Sweden, 7-9 June 2017
PublisherRMIT University
ISBN (Print)9789188269799
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventEverything and Everybody as Material: Beyond Fashion Design Methods - The Swedish School of Textiles, Borås, Sweden
Duration: 7 Jun 20179 Jun 2017
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Conference

ConferenceEverything and Everybody as Material: Beyond Fashion Design Methods
Abbreviated titleEEM2017
CountrySweden
CityBorås
Period7/06/179/06/17
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Bibliographical note

paper presented at the Everything and Everybody as Material: Beyond Fashion Design Methods, 7-9 June, The Swedish School of Textiles, Borås, Sweden.

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    Dis-Comforting, Distancing and Presenting: Mature men’s experiences of fashion

    Sadkowska, A., Jun 2017, (Accepted/In press)

    Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchExhibition

  • Making and writing; writing and making: Co-constructing experiential knowledge in and through 'doing' fashion

    Sadkowska, A., 20 Mar 2017, Proceedings of the 3rd Biennial Research Through Design Conference . figshare, p. 469-485 17 p.

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    Sadkowska, A. (2017). Roles of artefacts in fashion research: Arts-Informed Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. In Proceedings of Everything and Everybody as Material: Beyond Fashion Design Methods Conference and Exhibition, Swedish School of Textiles, Borås, Sweden, 7-9 June 2017 RMIT University.