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Dress and Body: Oneness or Duality?

This exhibition Dress and Body: Oneness or Duality? Is the creative outcome of a research project by Professor Jooyoung Shin; an examination of the physical and conceptual relationship between dress and body in various socio-cultural contexts. Throughout history, Eastern and Western cultures have established substantial disparity in their understanding of the body. Westerners generally believe that the body is not only separate from the mind, but also is relegated to a subordinate position under the mind’s control. In comparison, in Eastern culture the body and mind are inseparable, so they are understood and perceived as one. Consequently each culture, with such divergent perspectives, has constructed a distinct dress-body relationship. The designs in this exhibit represent the visual dynamics between dress and body inspired by the dress-body relationships established in Eastern and Western cultures.

Organiser: The Fashion Gallery, Institute of Textiles & Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


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