Clothing and Aesthetics: Perception of Form

Marilyn Revell DeLong

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Prior to and after 40 hours of visual exposure to, and discussion of, a wide range of costume body forms, 51 subjects were asked to respond to eight costume body forms varying in visual effect. Both pre‐ and post‐responses included a description of each costume body form and a selection of the slides liked best and least. Descriptions were compared as to: (1) orientation of the observer to the whole form and (2) the morphologic‐axiologic orientation. A majority of viewers increased in morphologic orientation and there was an increase in responses to the whole costume body form. A chi square test gave support to the hypothesis that viewers could separate their like or dislike of a costume body form from their descriptive consideration of that costume body form. 1977 American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)214-224
Number of pages11
JournalHome Economics Research Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 1977
Externally publishedYes


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