This classic text explains and applies the basic elements of design and aesthetics for a variety of apparel professionals. Using her own theory of the Apparel-Body-Construct—the look or appearance of the body, clothing, and accessories as a unit—the author defines aesthetics in the context of understanding how we perceive dress and our reactions to it.
• Your Aesthetic Response
• Perception: Interpretation of Form and Meaning
• Studying the Aesthetic Response
• Observing the Space of the Apparel-Body-Construct
• The Body as a Pre-existing Structure
• Materials of the Apparel-Body-Construct
• Visual Definition within the Apparel-Body-Construct
• Organizing the Apparel-Body-Construct
• Interpreting the Apparel-Body-Construct
• Evaluation within the Aesthetic Framework
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Marilyn Revell Delong
, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel at the University of Minnesota. She is a member of the Costume Society of America (CSA), Fashion Group International (FGI), and the International Textile & Apparel Association (ITAA).