Envisioning Fashion’s Invisible Woman

Ann Marie Kirkbride


This practice-based research uses fashion drawing to explore diversity and inclusivity within the fashion community.

Envisioning Fashion’s Invisible Woman involved a series of drawing-based projects designed by Kirkbride and her septuagenarian muse to inform understanding of the older woman’s relationship with fashion. It contributes to the ongoing debate around the older woman and her (in)visibility within society and popular culture.

This project examines the relationship between age and fashion through the medium of Fashion illustration, so raising the visibility of the older woman in fashion. The language of drawing is used as a way of knowing to foster understanding of the physical interplay between the older woman and her clothes.


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