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  • The PVC Beret: can feminism explain why wearing a plastic hat is provocative?

Mclean, Flora, 2015, Conference or Workshop, The PVC Beret: can feminism explain why wearing a plastic hat is provocative? at Provocative Plastics: Design in plastics from the practical to the philosophical, Arts University, Bournemouth, 17-18 Sep 2015.

Abstract or Description:

This paper explores the way that plastic can be considered a muse for future feminist innovation and rebellion. I reference my own archive of hats and accessories as well as including influences in fashion design and art. I think plastic is inspiring as a material because of the infinite possibilities of form that can be created and repositioned, mass-produced as art project or wearable. Plastic is a vehicle for both the creation of the mundane and the extraordinary, to quote Barthes, ‘this is because the quick change artistry of plastic is absolute: it can become buckets as well as jewels.’ It is a material of artifice, of synthetic chemistry, plastics are suffused with meanings of modernity and urbanity, of manufacture and industry and is an anti-naturalist aesthetic.

Official URL: http://provocativeplastics.com
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W230 Clothing/Fashion Design
Creative Arts and Design > W700 Crafts > W790 Crafts not elsewhere classified
School or Centre: School of Material
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2016 15:49
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2016 11:08
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/2080

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