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

Flexible Thinking

Wearing the same piece but with with a fluid attitude of openness and flexibility can find novelty in new places. The garment itself stays the same, but the rules and roles of wearing it are re-interpreted. Use is intensified; resources are saved; individuality is reclaimed.

A shared life

“Well it’s my wedding suit, made in 1970 for my wedding. I've worn it quite a few times but for the last thirty-five years it’s mainly just hung in the wardrobe. The tie is the wedding tie as well, and so are the shoes. My wife wanted to throw it out many times and I just resisted because my plan is to be buried in it… or burnt in it, whatever.”

Bollington, Cheshire - July 2009
Photograph by Fiona Bailey