Kink in the classroom: pedagogy and erotic clothing

Stockton, Brigitte (2015) Kink in the classroom: pedagogy and erotic clothing. In: THE EROTIC CLOTH: Seduction and Fetishism, March 20th 2015, The Artworkers Guild in central London.

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Kink without clothing is simply a naked experience! Historically, culturally, and in global, contemporary society, clothing and accessories can be considered as the enabling erotic factor; determining roles, causal effect and psychological impact. Yet how can a student of fashion design learn these aspects to ensure they can meet the needs of their target consumer? This paper will explore how fashion design students are consciously and subconsciously taught to consider ideologies of attraction and how these supporting mechanisms of design are able to influence their ability to work across consumer target groups. As texture, fit, function and narrative of a garment may be critiqued through the development stages of design it is the awareness of the erotic interpretation that determine future marketing criteria: styling, branding and product placement. Acknowledging the diversity of international teaching environments that may restrict the development of such an explorative and critical approach, it is the placement of the subject, level of investigation and the availability of resources that will be presented Thus establishing our role as educators not to determine or influence opinion on erotica or sexuality but to promote design excellence. Creating garments that fulfill consumers needs, apply experimental construction, innovatively use textiles and acknowledge aesthetic and alternate sensory stimulators whilst academically supporting their concepts with contextual knowledge, research and awareness.

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