Fashion in the expanded field: strategies for critical fashion practices

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This article focuses on current strategies for critical fashion practices in an expanded field of fashion. In the late twentieth century and early twenty-first century, the field of fashion studies has increasingly scrutinized the relationship between fine art and fashion within an art museum context. Drawing a parallel with Rosalind Krauss’s notion of sculpture in the expanded field, this article documents the development of interdisciplinary fashion practices, suggesting that an expanded field allows fashion practitioners to engage in a critical discussion of the fashion system. As a fashion practitioner focusing on non-productivist interdisciplinary techniques across multiple media (fashion and film, sculpture, installation, and performance), I test this notion by developing parallels between contemporary fashion and Krauss’s 1979 diagnosis. This article argues for the relevance of establishing theories of interdisciplinary practice to better understand the contemporary field of fashion, challenging assumptions about fashion’s role in the twenty-first century.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-183
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Asia-Pacific Pop Culture
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017


  • critical fashion practice
  • fashion in the expanded field
  • conceptual fashion
  • fashion and art


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