Fashion At The Edge, By Gaby Wood

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In Caroline Evans’ book, Fashion at the Edge, she looks at the fashions from all ages but goes most deeply into the fashion of the 1990’s and the themes that were very apparent in that particular time. She expands on these themes in chapters throughout her book such as Deathliness, Spectacle, Horror and Glamour. She relates all these themes back to the influences of the 20th century and the rise of the commodity obsessed culture, modernism and capitalism and the metaphorical death it brings to our world. This essay will focus on the image of ‘Dolly Mixture’ that was featured in a fashion spread in 2000 that was written by Gaby Wood, which is found in the Deathliness chapter. I will review Evans’ chapter and her analysis of the themes and idea proposed by Evans herself and other theorists. I will use these themes and ideas to make my own predictions about the effects these theories would have on the future of our society and our fashion here in New Zealand.

Evans starts the chapter of with exploring the idea of living dolls. She explains that these living dolls are actually human beings, mostly women that are becoming or have become objects through the course of modeling clothes. There are several European designers who have seen this issue and have played on this idea in the late 1990’s, such designers like Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan. They replaced real life models with dummies, as they called it, or by using the model to resemble a dummy by

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