Dress_de_code is an on-going research, which aims to reveal mutually defined relationships between daily routines of dressing, wearing and undressing garments and the spaces these routines occur in.
For the master thesis at Design Academy Eind-hoven, the ritual of getting dressed was explored through the prism of architecture and choreography, using their vocabulary as the main language for research.
As a physical outcome, Dress_de_Code turned out to be a reenactment of the daily routine of dressing in a predesigned, staged environ-ment. Seen as a spatial act, the performative case study illustrates how a designed space and the objects within it shape our daily movement and thus, without us being aware of it, the way we act.
A collection of scenographic props forms the 3D score of a daily choreography. By introdu-cing new material components and a movement vocabulary to the routine we take for gran-ted, the ways we move on a daily basis and the body techniques we are accustomed to were questioned and challanged.
On another level, Dress_de_code also shows how getting dressed embodies the transition from a private body to a social one. The dressing routine is presented as a process of loading the body with information, to be read and interpreted afterward, when the person dres-sing steps out of the private space and enters a social context.
Performing the top garment
PHOTOGRAPHS: RONALD SMITS ⓒDESIGN ACADEMY EINDHOVEN
Lower leg cover
Upper leg cover
Bottom undergarment footage
Lover leg cover footage
Bottom garment footage
Top garment footage
Top undergarment footage
Lower leg cover footage
Hand cover footage