Defence in the field of Design: MFA Namkyu Chun

This doctoral dissertation Re(dis)covering Fashion Designers: Interweaving Dressmaking and Placemaking was inspired by design thinking discourses in design research that have explored the practice of designers and encouraged them to question the boundaries of design as a profession.

MFA Namkyu Chun will defend his doctoral dissertation Re(dis)covering Fashion Designers: Interweaving Dressmaking and Placemakingon Thursday 15 November 2018.

Opponent: PhD Pammi Sinha, University of Leeds

Custos: prof. Kirsi Niinimäki

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Re(dis)covering Fashion Designers: Interweaving Dressmaking and Placemaking discusses the social role of fashion designers. It departed from the encounter with the mystification of what they actually do and the unclear contribution to society as a profession. While critically reflecting on design thinking approaches that have contributed to the expansion of design, this book also questions if design can be generalized without the careful understanding of cultural differences among subfields of design.

Re(dis)covering Fashion Designers invites a dialogue embracing the material and immaterial worlds of fashion through two studies in Helsinki, Finland. The metaphor of weaving is adopted to not just interlace the narratives of the studies but also to be used as a piece of fabric patchworking the gap between design and fashion. The two studies were constructed to both recover and rediscover fashion designers. The notion of recovery is presented in relation to the meaning of the fashion design pro­fession in the contemporary fashion system due to certain prejudices. Meanwhile, the notion of rediscovery is tied to the prac­tice of fashion designers, especially the ignored tradition of dressmaking and their shared culture. The results suggest both rethinking what they are capable of and exploring possibilities to expand their role. The studies woven together present an original contribution of fashion designers as engaged actors of society beyond image-making.


The dissertation notice and the published dissertation are placed for public display at Väre (Otanimementie 14), at least 10 days before the defence date.

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