Something old, something new, something borrowed, something true…….an exploration of wedding attire through a personal bi-cultural sensibility
Dinsdale, Donna May
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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something True…….An Exploration of Wedding Attire through a Personal Bi-Cultural Sensibility The primary aim of this practice-based research project is to explore how a personal bi-cultural viewpoint can be expressed through wedding attire as cultural artefacts. I seek to address, the appropriate means into which a non- Māori designer within Aotearoa can incorporate references from Māori culture in an appropriate and respectful manner into their practice. The body of work presented is comprised of three wedding gowns which are supported by complementary wedding attire. The exegesis outlines the exploration of cultural and personal values from an individual bi-cultural viewpoint, within the limitations of a contemporary New Zealand fashion design aesthetic. The commentary relating to each work in Chapter three & Appendix D describes the particular focus in both the method, making and the aesthetic elements referenced, with a common thread of my personal, bi-cultural sensibility guiding the research at all times. The project is positioned within the framework of a reflective bi-cultural perspective within personal lived experience as a method of investigating, experimenting and developing wedding attire as cultural artefacts. The final work will be comprised of 80% practice and 20% exegesis.