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Playtime: Maria Blaisse

Playtime: Maria Blaisse
Playtime: Maria Blaisse
In Adorned in Dreams the fashion historian Elizabeth Wilson writes that dress is “the frontier between the self and the not-self.” Much of what Blaisse has designed over the past twenty years occupies this nebulous space between the self and the not-self. Her creations manage to both amplify and distort the body, often at the same time. The space around the body (another form of the not-self) is accentuated and activated by the introduction of the stark geometries she places on the body. Many of these objects are static sculptural investigations as well as dynamic garments or accessories that enlarge, restrict, contain and extend shape and movement. Surprisingly, it is often her most innocuous static shapes that present the most challenging and engaging forms when worn on the body.
Hemmings, Jessica
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Hemmings, Jessica
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Hemmings, Jessica (2005) Playtime: Maria Blaisse. Selvedge.

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In Adorned in Dreams the fashion historian Elizabeth Wilson writes that dress is “the frontier between the self and the not-self.” Much of what Blaisse has designed over the past twenty years occupies this nebulous space between the self and the not-self. Her creations manage to both amplify and distort the body, often at the same time. The space around the body (another form of the not-self) is accentuated and activated by the introduction of the stark geometries she places on the body. Many of these objects are static sculptural investigations as well as dynamic garments or accessories that enlarge, restrict, contain and extend shape and movement. Surprisingly, it is often her most innocuous static shapes that present the most challenging and engaging forms when worn on the body.

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Published date: September 2005

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Local EPrints ID: 41196
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/41196
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Date deposited: 01 Aug 2006
Last modified: 23 Apr 2020 16:45

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Author: Jessica Hemmings

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