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

Transfer of Ownership

Giving a garment to someone else is sometimes a straightforward and spontaneous act. At other times a transfer of ownership is more circuitous. Periods of overlapping ownership often intensify resource use and stud a garment’s story with memories.


"This is a dressing gown, which is actually quite ugly. I don’t like the colours at all. It’s sort of purplish and green. They don’t fit in with my flat or with my bathroom, but it was my father’s. I inherited it. I put it on every morning after I’ve had a shower and the nice thing about it is that I don’t have to dry myself off with a towel. I just put it on and in two minutes I’m dry. And somebody said that it might also have to do with a warm feeling of security; that it feels almost like an embrace. Normally I’ve got skulls in my flat."

Berlin - July 2010
Photograph by Stefan Rother