Surrealist Fashion: A Critical Introduction


Taylor Bowen

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department or Program

Media Studies Program


My project explores the role of fashion in the commercialization of the Surrealist movement and the lasting impact of Surrealist language and imagery on the landscape of fashion design. Drawing on my survey and analysis of the history of the movement, I designed my own fashion collection to both critique and pay homage to specific artists. Themes of misogyny are central to my designs, as well as the Surrealist preoccupation with fragmentation, juxtaposition, and defamiliarization. The garment I constructed in intended as a cadavre exquis collage of these ideas and questions the role (absence) of women in Surrealism’s history and its retellings.

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