Creative Design: Professional

Entrapment

Author
  • Jooyoung Shin (Indiana University)

Abstract

Entrapment represents the woman's body and feminine sexuality as a symbol of control and desire by exploring the devices developed to represent such ambivalent aesthetics in the Western and Korean dresses and manipulating them. The designer references the 19th-century off-the-shoulder style that embodied sensuality and physical entrapment. The woman's movement is confined by a red silk pleated band and a black ramie band between her body and the dress. Another reference for this design is the traditional Korean women's underpants that symbolize chastity and sensuality. By converting underwear to outerwear, the device designed for convenience (i.e., the open crotch that allows women to relieve themselves without taking the garment off) is transformed into a means to highlight feminine sexuality because the legs are partially exposed and then hidden again with the wearer's movement. Entrapment suggests the inseparability between concealment and exposure within women's dress in various forms throughout history.

Keywords: Woman’s body, symbol of control and desire, feminine sexuality, ambivalent aesthetics, woman's body

How to Cite:

Shin, J., (2022) “Entrapment”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 79(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/itaa.15756

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Published on
31 Dec 2022
Peer Reviewed