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Open Access Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts


Humanities: Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture

Reader 1

Andrew Aisenberg

Reader 2

Marc Katz

Reader 3

Susan Rankaitis

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While focusing on high fashion and architecture, this thesis explores an aesthetic transition between the early 20th century’s “modern” style and the later 20th century style of “deconstruction.” We believe the style of “deconstruction” revolutionized visual metaphors for modern gender identity through the manipulation and experimentation of surfaces. These metaphors were accomplished through transformation relationships between surface, structure, and ornament. This study exclusively uses examples from women’s fashion and building façades for its analysis