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


The link between a person and a garment can never be planned for, but has lasting impact when a garment becomes a life-long companion. It reveals the potential for change in each individual and often marks that in the associations with a piece, for single, small actions can have big effects.

Early memories

"I think this top is almost 20 years old. It was a gift from my sister. At the time I had a thing for dragons and I also liked Nepal. She felt I would like this because of the clouds and the dragons. So I’ve had it and loved it and worn it for years. It’s the most comforting and comfortable piece of clothing that I own. I was reflecting on [why I’ve kept it for so long] with my husband because I was thinking ‘why is it? What is it about this? Is it tapping into some early memory or something?’ and I realized that when I was a kid that I used to go to my grandmother’s apartment and she had flocked wallpaper. It was white with black raised sort of velvet and the kids would sit there pressing that the whole time and of course she would tell us ‘stop doing that!’. I realized that had a very similar feel because it was raised, the soft white is raised…"

Marin City - July 2012
Photograph by Paige Green