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

Material resourcefulness

Garments are fusions of materials and energy brought to the body in myriad configurations, yet the dominant force in fashion, consumerism, tends to value only a narrow spectrum of fashion activity. The practices of material resourcefulness broaden this view and show a burgeoning testing ground of an alternative flows of fibre, fabric and product.

Whipped it up

"These pants, I got at a thrift store for like four dollars. These kind of are replacing an old pair of engineer’s striped pants I used to wear all the time. So finding these was really exciting. …And my t-shirt, I made the other morning before I left the house to go do my errands; I just bought a bunch of new fabric to sew some new wardrobe stuff. And I just whipped it up, um pretty quick. After I made it I just wore it day and night. I slept in it and just kept wearing if for like days, probably like four days and I haven’t stained it yet which is a miracle for a white t-shirt…"

San Francisco - July 2012
Photograph by Paige Green