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Decolonizing Fashion as Process
  • ISSN: 2051-7106
  • E-ISSN: 2051-7114


The stylized fashion figure or is fundamental to the fashion design process. Highly regarded as a tool for design articulation and innovation, it is also an immensely popular creative art form, enjoying a recent renaissance on social media platforms. Most fashion institutions across the globe teach illustration as a foundation-level skill. Students absorb a strict set of rules dictated by the ten-head body proportion. This article explores the colonial implications of the stylized . The drawings challenge the genre by selectively abandoning and playing with the rules of fashion illustration in order to decolonize this design tool.


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  1. Sandhu, Arti. ( 2022;), ‘ Mahila à la mode: The auntie-fit croqui. ’, International Journal of Fashion Studies, 9:2, pp. 39599,
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