Leyla Neri, Program Director of the Fashion Design Program has contributed to a new publication by Bloomsbury entitled Fashion and Materiality: Cultural Practices in Global Contexts. A book that offers new insights into the dynamic relationships between fashion, bodies, and material culture. Through a series of historical and contemporary original case studies, the book explores how fashion and clothing affect articulations of body and self, experiences of time and place, and the shaping of social and local/global relationships.
In her chapter Sensorial Cosmologies: Fashion Design and the Embodied Practices of the Wearer, Neri explores the design process and production of contemporary fashion design with a focus on the lived experiences of the user in terms of action, motion, performance, sensoriality and emotion. She investigates the work of Asian-American designer Phillip Lim through the impact on the users’ possible ways of moving, feeling and interacting with their physical and social environment. Based on the concepts of objectification and embodiment, the research also addresses the inventive practices of the wearer. Leyla Neri sheds new light on fashion design as an artistic and social activity that consists in making culture through the creation and circulation of artifacts endowed with the power to assimilate and influence the way people experience the world.
Edited by Heike Jenss and Viola Hofmann