Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Fine Arts


Art - Graphic Design

Research Sponsor

Janice Troutman

First Reader

Dale Dong

Second Reader

Alex Marr


Fashion is a device with which the perception of one’s appearance is manipulated. It is a device that is used across all cultures to identify, symbolize, isolate, and appropriate. It is figuratively and literally woven into the fabric of humankind as a whole. Fashion has the ability to reinforce gender or create dissonance within it through androgynous silhouettes. It can express strength and confidence or emphasize vulnerability.

Through this study, the use of specific studio lighting techniques accentuates design elements of a highly curated collection of avant-garde, 21st century garments. Drape, texture, form, and luster are but a few elements examined. The models were given time to familiarize themselves with the aesthetics of their assigned fashion and were briefed on the designers’ intentions, cultural backgrounds, philosophies, and design principles before each shoot. Thus, the study depicts all models embodying a strong sense of oneness with each of their corresponding looks, allowing for highly informed expressions and poses.

The study makes use only of black in the fashion to eliminate distraction, paradoxically create tranquility and severity within the setting, and to further emphasize silhouette and human expression in a deeply thoughtful way.