De-con-struc-ted fashion featured at this week’s Assembly with works by Kate Martin, Courtney Lissington and Vivian Yang showcasing Year 11 Visual Arts studies in Deconstructivism.
A development of postmodern architecture that evolved in the 1980s, Deconstructivism is characterised by fragmentation and manipulated surfaces with a dominance of curvilinear shapes that act to interrupt and dislocate the configuration of an object. The finished visual appearance of structures that exhibit deconstructivist styles is characterised by unpredictability and controlled chaos.
Applying this approach to fashion, students have discovered that as with philosophical and architectural practices, fashion designers pursue deconstruction to generate new construction and significant possibilities, and to question the traditional understanding of what is invisible and what is simply unseen.
Taking apart the structure of a specific garment; rejecting the idea of ‘completion’; working through subtraction or displacement of its elements and, overall, rethinking a garment’s function and meaning are some of the ways that Deconstructivism can be achieved. The artworks paraded today typified the creative excellence of QACI’s Visual Arts students and their individual interpretations of deconstructed fashion.