Encountering Fashion as a Practice of Subjectivation

Eckersley, A 2019, 'Encountering Fashion as a Practice of Subjectivation' in Paulo de Assis and Paolo Giudici (ed.) Aberrant Nuptials, Leuven University Press, Belgium, Leuven, pp. 313-321.


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Title Encountering Fashion as a Practice of Subjectivation
Author(s) Eckersley, A
Year 2019
Title of book Aberrant Nuptials
Publisher Leuven University Press
Place of publication Belgium, Leuven
Editor(s) Paulo de Assis and Paolo Giudici
Start page 313
End page 321
Subjects Art Theory
Summary Encounters with fashion sit alongside myriad other everyday practices by which a subject emerges and endures, is disrupted and becomes other than itself. This chapter outlines how practices of subjectivation can occur in and through encounters with fashion. Encountering fashion is a dynamic process involving a transmission or flow between bodies consisting of qualities, relationships, properties and experiences of the immanent world. Such transmission, to borrow terms from Deleuze, can be described in terms of the syntheses of time and the intensifications of habit and memory. This chapter develops Deleuzes analysis of time, habit and memory to elaborate the intensive and affective dimensions of fashion, and to begin to account for the ways fashion may be articulated as a practice of subjectivation. Experienced as a body of habit and memory, the dressed body mediates the world we inhabit, and the kinds of subjects we may become. This account of the fashioned body stands in stark contrast to conventional notions of fashion, which tend to conceive of dress in terms of representational systems. Such notions treat fashion as a sign of some other social, cultural or political phenomena missing the actual lived experience of the dressed body. Through a discussion of how garments function in the work of Australian artist Fiona Abicare, this chapter argues that the experience of habit, memory and sensation best accounts for fashion and the intensive encounters it instantiates. Sensations happening is the function of fashion and this happening directly relates to how fashion operates as a practice of habit, memory and embodiment in everyday encounters with fashion. Abicares art practice dramatises these encounters with fashion, between bodies and garments, and the everyday subjectivation practices that these encounters sustain.
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Keyword(s) art
fashion
subjectivity
encounters
Deleuze
DOI - identifier 10.2307/j.ctvmd83nt.26
ISBN 9789462702028
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