Fashion, Memory and History: fashion practices as remembering through craft and digital media.
Central Saint Martins
This practice-based research explores dressmaking as a mode of phenomenological remembering which reflects the past through embodied actions and performative forms of bodily movement in reconstructed sensuous experience.
The thesis interrogates how this phenomenological memory can be distinct in the age of digital technology which, in contrast to handcrafts, ensures the automatic reproduction of acts by artificial memory programmes without recourse to instinct or reflection.
Employing phenomenologist approach of archaeological methods of reconstruction, the research examines what different forms of knowledge and memory are engendered in the two modes of remembering through handcraft and digital technology.