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

Garment Co-operation

Some garments require a wearer's involvement for them to work well on the body. Others act together differently: using physical form and structure to co-operate with life. They aid and abet and mould our world.

The Munster cloak

“This cape [a Munster cloak] was my great, great grandmother’s and it’s been passed down through the generations. You have to hold it closed as you wear it and its got drawstrings in the hood. She was tall – like me – and it was made especially for her… and now with me it fits someone else in our family.”

Dublin - April 2012
Photograph by Des Moriarty