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.

Fertility skirt

"This skirt belonged to my aunt in Taiwan and she got this in the seventies. And after she had her baby she couldn’t wear it anymore but she kept it ‘cos it’s a pretty, classic style. And then when my cousin was, like, in her teens she wore this skirt. After having her baby she couldn’t wear the skirt anymore either so she gave it to my older sister and now that she’s married and expecting her first baby she’s giving [sic] it to me…"

San Francisco - April 2010
Photograph by Paige Green