The (im)perfect touch of fashion

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The most celebrated scene of the Genesis, represented by Michael Angelo in the Sistine Chapel, tells of the moment when, from the fingers of God and Adam, the spark of life is lit. This is the original touch that instates the order of the cosmos. When Creation is finished, Adam and Eve taste the forbid­ den fruit and, before driving them out of Paradise, God dresses them with animal skins. Recalling the endless history of our origins, we find that the physical functionality of clothing is surpassed by its communicative value: a utility object that protects against the weather and other inconveniences, clothing only makes sense when ‘dressed’ and fulfilling the function of appearance. Fluctuating between being and appearing, it is in this imperfection that fashion operates according to its paradoxes which we will refer to in this paper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTextiles, Identity and Innovation
Subtitle of host publicationIn Touch. Proceedings of the 2nd International Textile Design Conference (D_TEX 2019), June 19-21, 2019, Lisbon, Portugal
EditorsGianni Montagna, Cristina Figueiredo
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherCRC Press
ChapterSection 1 – Textile Identity and Material Culture Section 1.1 – Textile Art and Identity
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780429286872
ISBN (Print)978-0-367-25244-1
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2020
EventD_Tex 2019 Textiles, Identity and Innovation, 2nd International Textile Design Conference: In Touch - Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade de Lisboa , Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 19 Jun 201921 Jun 2019
Conference number: 2ª


ConferenceD_Tex 2019 Textiles, Identity and Innovation, 2nd International Textile Design Conference
Abbreviated titleT_Tex
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  • Fashion
  • Origin
  • Touch
  • Being
  • Appearing
  • Imperfection


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