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.

Wear to wear out

“At the moment I just wear [this dress] for special occasions but I once met a woman who was in her 80s and who wore eveningwear all the time. She’d made a decision years before not to buy any new clothes and to wear everything until it wore out. She’d worn her way through her wardrobe and had got to her eveningwear. So when I’m in my 80s it’s going to be this dress…”

Totnes, Devon - June 2009
Photograph by Fiona Bailey