Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (Hon.)


School of the Arts and Applied Sciences


Western Australian College of Advanced Education


This study is contextualised within the international fashion framework. The notion of core and periphery has been established in preparation of the application to the local context. The practice of mimicry is examined. This has involved the comparison of global trends with the Perth market. The examination of the fashion condition focuses on the sources of inspiration. Core areas in which fashion concepts are created are identified and their relevance to the Perth fashion scene established. Post-colonial cultural theory has been applied as a critique of fashion in a marginal area. Sources of visual and written media have been identified and critically evaluated to establish how they impose on Perth as a peripheral fashion location. The practical application of media patterns and fashion trends has been an integral concern in establishing the notion of the double bind. It is the double bind condition which highlights the ambiguous relationship between media and fashion.