We study a fragmentation model in order to describe the distribution of a collective, scissors-like 1(+) state into a background of deformed two- and four-quasiparticle excitations. The coupling matrix elements for coupling the collective state to the underlying microscopic structures are studied. The fragmentation results are compared to the available data. One-nucleon transfer strength distributions are discussed with reference to the fragmentation of two-quasiparticle configurations. We also point out possible origins for intermediate structure in the fragmentation mechanism.