An international fashion research project exploring the 'craft of use'

Shared Use

Sharing clothes saves resources if it means fewer pieces are bought. For garments to have multiple users, fit matters; but they also have to be shared with the right people. Sharing works when a bond and joint identity is reinforced by common use; when a memory is re-lived; and when access is gained not just to more and different pieces but also to the values, taste and sensibilities of the owner.

Size doesn't matter

“This shirt belonged to my friend and flatmate who moved to Sydney about three years ago and he’s about 5’5” or 5’6” maybe but we shared clothes even though he’d be small and skinny. I’m about 6’3”… the sleeves [of the shirt] are a bit short but I wear them rolled up so you wouldn’t notice but the rest of it fits fine. And then the jacket is my Dad’s… part of a suit that he wore. He’d be a bit smaller than me as well. I think he was around 5’11” or that.”

Dublin - April 2012
Photograph by Des Moriarty

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