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

Perfect Piece

Consumerist fashion is all about what is right on trend, right for uniform mass-manufacture and ultimately right for the figures on a balance sheet. Lost in the mix are a garment’s finesse, fit, appropriateness; and the space to nurture individuality, skills and confidence in a wearer to recognise and revel in the ‘rightness’ of a particular piece.

Finding the right partnership between wearer and garment is the difference between using a piece time and again or throwing it away. Each partnership, like each person, is different. Matching one with the other and being open to the almost limitless variety of possibilities this enables, underscores fashion system diversity.

Dependable jacket

"This is a jacket that I bought in Tokyo; I was there in 2008. It cost $20 in a thrift store and I was short on cash, Tokyo is a very expensive city… It fit me like a glove, it’s very functional with the double pockets and a practical, sleek design… I just turned 25 last week and I made sure I was going to wear this jacket. It’s a jacket I feel comfortable in all the time if I’m in a hurry and I just want to look good or decent, it will be this jacket that I choose."

San Francisco - July 2012
Photograph by Paige Green