Tuesday, 24 November 2009

The formal elements


Texture can be both emotional and physical; emotional - creating the illusion of texture, physical - actual texture on surface, rough, smooth etc. Texture gives a piece body, detail, and surface. I think this piece by Gaultier illustrates texture extremely well through detail ans intricate layers of leather and coarse stitching. The texture of the garment adds a whole new illusion and meaning to the piece. The illusion is the egsaggeration of the female form, hips bust and shoulders are enhanced by the edgy shaped angular sculpting on the garment. The meaning and initial impression of the garment reminds me strongly of reptiles from the layered and joined pieces of intricate leather shapes.

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