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

Alternative Dress Codes

The choices we make about what we wear are influenced by life present, lives past and our ideas about our future selves. Expressions of values, aspirations, heritage, understanding and the physical shape of our bodies build a rationale for dress that transcend narrow commercial views about fashion. Instead they give us broader perspectives that honour our reality as well as our aspirations; and connect our psyche with our fibre and fashion choices.

Attach-detach function, cultural reference

"This t-shirt has [an attachment] that you can take off or [wear] all together and when you wear it, it looks as if you were wearing a bag but it is not a bag. So you can actually just wear it as a normal t-shirt with these hanging down and then you have these funny buttonholes around. And this [attachment] you can maybe also just combine it with something else as an apron, or a side apron or something like that and I also like the idea of an apron protecting clothes… It takes [its form] from actually from how people look when they are walking home, they always have this bag, [over their shoulder], to take this look and not the function of the bag."

Kolding, Denmark - September 2012
Photograph by Jens Christian