Sugar Coated

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2018-01-01
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Champagne, Alex
Ashdown, Susan
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The design challenge addressed in this outfit was to: “express how you recognize and define truth.” This challenge was made in the context of the recent epidemic of fake news. I researched confirmation bias, selective exposure, and desirability bias, which are all concepts that explain how people only see the truth they want to see, and reject anything that does not conform to what they want to believe.

The body is truth. The tightly laced corset that manipulates the body shape and the hoop skirt that creates an exaggerated shape both represent the manipulation of truth. The dress that sits on top of the corset and hoop skirt represents the desire to accept this version of the truth. The purchased fabric has beautiful floral embroidery and sits over the shape of the manipulated truth, creating a simplified, attractive form. The dress is sheer to show that if we choose, we can see into the manipulation and therefore understand its relationship to real truth.

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