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

Climate-led behaviour

The way clothes are worn constantly changes, in response to economics, culture and the environment. In cold and hot weather nations, the drive to save energy at home and reduce carbon emissions by turning heating thermostats down and cooling units up brings a new (old) focus onto clothes to shelter, protect and nurture.

Mother's warmth

"This is a robe that my mother made for me… for at least thirty years or more it’s been with me. I use it sometimes over my clothes at home. Just to have kinda extra warmth you know… with a scarf also. And it’s also a way for me to save on electric bill because I don’t have to turn on the heater or the gas or whatever and it’s my Mom, you know? And it’s also very simple, very unpretentious but it’s very functional and it does the work just magnificently."

San Francisco - July 2012
Photograph by Paige Green