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

Transfer of Ownership

Giving a garment to someone else is sometimes a straightforward and spontaneous act. At other times a transfer of ownership is more circuitous. Periods of overlapping ownership often intensify resource use and stud a garment’s story with memories.

Russian Doll

"These [sunglasses], I think I left these at my best friend’s house. Her name is Alina. And she wanted them which is funny because I never give her my clothes but she gives me hers. She’s actually off in Russia right now because that’s where she was born. But she’s always had just a very interesting fashion sense, ‘cos Russians, are kind of like - they go all out… And the coat, it’s sort of on permanent loan because, she got it but she was dressing me up one day just for fun and she said, ‘”Oh here try this on, oh it looks good on you, oh you should take it home.” And I’ve just been wearing it ever since even though it’s a tiny bit small on me. But I can wear it open. And it’s kind of old fashioned looking if you can see like the collar and the buttons and the polka dots. Same with the bag – she gave it to me. Actually the bag and the skirt, her mom got them for her and she didn’t want them so she asked if I did... And these shoes I bought with her in mind ‘cos she told me… um she didn’t tell me but she suggested… that I get a pair of nice shoes and I was like, ‘but I like sneakers.’ She was like, ‘oh you can get Oxfords, those are nice.’ So I just found these and I really like them ‘cos I like grey."

San Francisco - July 2012
Photograph by Paige Green