Marilyn DeLong uses what she calls the "apparel-body construct" in her method of visual analysis. The apparel-body construct considers the dress, and also the body on which it is worn with considerations on the surroundings of a person. This theory is based on learning to understand the aesthetic response one has to an image of the clothed body.
Images are analyzed based on these 5 criteria: 1. Closed vs. Open relationship -Examines whether the garment's silhouette lies close to the model's body or flows freely. 2. Determinate vs. Indeterminate relationship -Describes whether or not the viewer is interpreting the apparel-body construct and its parts clearly. 3. Flat or Round Characteristics 4. Figure-ground integration vs. Figure-ground separation -Viewer determines the effects that the background has on the figure and the garment being worn. 5. Viewable as Whole-to-part or Part-to-whole
On the next page, you will find my application of her visual analysis and my results.