Neo-Heritage Ensemble #1
Introduction. An important role of an academic historic clothing and textiles collection is to enhance the curricular programs of the Department. This is accomplished by the collection, preservation and exhibition of artifacts of historical significance in the area of fashion and apparel. While the artifacts are the result of practice, they also inspire further iteration. Dress studies, as object-based fashion scholarship, is an interdisciplinary approach to fashion research. The study of fashion artifacts provides insight into the cultural milieu or zeitgeist of a society during a particular point in time. (Prown,1982). The study of design can as well be viewed as object-based fashion scholarship. Learning how the parts constitute the whole through active engagement with material is foundational to design practice, as is the aim of discovering and accessing material’s inherent design qualities towards the creation of new structures (Salentik, 2007). Collaboration is a purposeful opportunity to expand a creative and experimental process with more detailed complex design thinking and analysis than is possible with only one designer (Campbell & Parsons, 2005). Through collaborative practice, the authors (as designers) found an opportunity to mesh skills and expertise in textile creation, apparel design and fashion history, and shared design exploration. The collaborators worked jointly to generate a shared process that resulted in The Neo-Heritage Ensemble.