This paper explores sensory and material experiences of clothing archives; examining the multiple modes and displacements of touch which mediate our relationships with and experience of archival garments. Drawing on practice based research undertaken at the costume institute of the Metropolitan Museum of art, it asks how these differing material and sensory engagements shape our understandings of these spaces and the objects the contain. Drawing on the work of Schilder and Merleau-Ponty it positions garments in archives as distributed parts of the body schema, objects which remain part of wearer even when the body is gone from them. In applying ideas of the body schema to objects away from the body, it ask what role touching, looking and imagination play in our encounters with garments that cannot and will not be worn: garments with which we are prevented from engaging with through our usual sensory means.
|Translated title of the contribution||The body beyond the body: clothing archives, touch, and the body schema|
|Journal||Russian Fashion Theory (Теория моды)|
|Publication status||Published - 2 Dec 2021|