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

Super Long Life

Making a garment last is very different to making a long-lasting garment. Enduring use is often difficult to predict. It is specific and personal and linked more with ways of thinking, experiences and memories than materials. Finding ways to access these may be critical to third, fourth or fifth lives.

1940s New York

"My silk shirt is my grandfather’s and I got it from him when I was 17, which is 30 years ago. … it was his favourite brand, I assume from his thirties, which would be in the 1940s, New York. I used to wear it a lot in my twenties. Now it has some little rips in it that I haven’t really repaired yet but I wear it at home because it’s a little precious…"

Marin City - July 2012
Photograph by Paige Green