Any given article of clothing can be seen as falling somewhere along a broad continuum that stretches between the completely functional and the completely decorative. On one end of the spectrum, utility dominates; military clothing, designed to promote uniformity and to maximize human performance, might define this extreme. On the opposite pole, function is totally disregarded in favor of pure adornment, even flamboyance - say, Carmen Miranda's hat.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Costume design--Themes, motives; Costume design--Technique; Clothing and dress; Fiberwork
Department, Program, or Center
School of Art (CIAS)
Hamlin, Gretchen Lapp, "Costume as art" (1991). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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