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

Mixed Use

Irrespective of design intention, a garment can sometimes meet many needs, functioning in ways that are unplanned and idiosyncratic. It calls into being a way of thinking that is primed for making such connections and opens a door to increased use possibilities.

Year-round coat

“This is an old Burberry coat of my mother’s – Sandra - from the eighties. They don’t make this kind anymore. It’s super long. It’s like this cotton-twill but it somehow really repels water… and it has zip-in-zip-out lining which is the key part because I live in new York and so we are outside all the time and it requires lots of thought about how to equip yourself at any given moment. It’s kind of a year ‘round coat. When I first moved back to New York I didn’t have a whole lot of money or a job so my mum gave me this coat and then since then my mum actually tried to replace this coat with a newer version and it has fallen apart because I don’t think it’s made in the same way or in the same place or with the same fabric."

San Francisco - April 2011
Photograph by Paige Green

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