Caroline Faigan

The Line of Beauty

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The phrase The Line of Beauty, taken from William Hogarth’s aesthetic treatise The Analysis of Beauty (1753), provides a starting point for a formal investigation of line and materiality. Beauty, ritual, transformation and representation are explored within historical and contemporary theoretical frameworks.

Hogarth’s concern with taste and behaviour in society is examined as a precursor to current prescribed aesthetics such as trend reports by WGSN, a global forecasting service. INfusion, the trend for Autumn/Winter 2017/2018 states that it “looks at the increasingly blurred line between humans and technology, and explores the resulting themes of convergence between the real and the virtual, the tactile and the technological, the past and present.”

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