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Title: Formative representation of sensuality in 19th century fashion
Authors: Shin, JY 
Keywords: Sensuality
Formative representation
Open form
Obscure silhouette
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Source: Research journal of textile and apparel, 2012, v. 16, no. 4, p. 59-70 How to cite?
Journal: Research journal of textile and apparel 
Abstract: Sensuality is a dynamic that has driven fashion to undergo endless changes and left distinctive imprints on the style of each period. Particularly in the fashions of the 19th century, sensuality played a crucial role in shaping the essence of contemporary dress aesthetics, as well as the physical form of the dress. This study begins by questioning how sensuality, a concept of ideal aesthetics, can be represented in a visual form. In order to provide the answer to this question, the formative representation of sensuality in 19th century fashion is examined by considering the major factors that affect dress form, such as silhouette, material, the body and movement, and space. Based on the analysis, a close connection between sensuality and the dress form designed to reflect the body and its movement is established. Interaction between the dress, body, and their surrounding space creates a discontinuous, changeable, and obscure silhouette, known to be a criterion of the open form. In conclusion, sensuality can be more explicitly and conspicuously observed in dresses through the formative characteristics of an open form. Fashions of the early, midand late 19th century are compared to illustrate the analysis.
ISSN: 1560-6074
DOI: 10.1108/RJTA-16-04-2012-B007
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