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aesthetic and social practices through physicality and gendered representations.

To study clothing means to oscillate between various forms of alienation – to recognize and accept them – on the one hand, and creative practices – to understand and appreciate them – on the other. This research examines the multiplicity of the contemporary everyday life in terms of clothing, how it has influenced and has been influenced by everyday social, political and cultural circumstances and phenomena, as well as the impact it has on the individual, in terms of his expression through clothing, physicality, and gendered representations.

Maria Foka

Research Project for MSc in Architecture and Engineering, University of Thessaly, 2018


mythologies of the superhuman and clothing prosthetics

Renouncing any personal confection of uniqueness, I examine myself as a whole. As a dandizette, I use vesture as a cure in order to enjoy a new form of physicality. The purpose of this project is to repair, replenish and enhance physical pathologies, with the assistance  of prosthetic technologies, identifying the human as a chimera. A chimera’s body, that of a potential superhuman has no gender, but is not innocent – it is not born in a garden, and does not seek one and only identity. It does not conform to the collective memory, it does not remember the past, but is the quintessence of the future. It is a being that experiences the mythology of the dependence, not from others, nor from itself, but from anything that will allow it to reach the point of complete fulfillment. The symbiosis of human and machine is a matter of survival for both of them, a whole and not united fragments. The physical realization of the machines as performative garments that render the body a malleable and ever-changing sculpture happens in accordance with my body and its needs, defining a new design praxeology. The innovation that the dandistic design provides, lies in the destruction of the shame that comes with the historic meaning of the dandy and behind the characterizations of academic canonical authoritarianisms that require ecumenical assumptions and generalizations. The final project examines the performativity of dress as a sartorial sculpture occurring from its symbiosis with the body. It can, and I suggest for it to be applied to multiple practices with the hopes of worming in the mentality of designers the need for careful interpretation and honest consideration of the circumstances, the peculiarities and the needs of every venture, with the ultimate purpose for the dandizette and the mythologies of the everyday superhuman that surrounds her to slide from the realm of the imaginary to that of the real.

Maria Foka

Thesis Project for MSc in Architecture and Engineering, University of Thessaly, 2020