How Fashion Is Seen as a Performative Art Essay

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| The Idea of Fashion as a Performance | Yashika Makan |

This essay refers to certain articles and talks about fashion and how it can be a performance art, and how certain components relate to it to enhance and back up the idea that fashion is a performative art. |

Can fashion be considered as a performative art or not? In my essay I will be referring to two main sources that indicate that it can be a performative art, showing a connection between fashion and music, how fashion/ style to communicate a meaning, how artists and designers whose work reflects the idea of fashion as performance.
As stated in the encyclopedia (1992, pg31):
Fashion is a term commonly used to
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