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.

Returned gift

“Well, I sort of realised that actually almost all the accessories and things that I wear have a personal connection – I bought that hat for my niece as a present – Birthday or Christmas present. …She didn’t seem to wear it and I know I bought her another hat, a Falkland Beret type hat the following year and she didn’t really wear that either! [laughter]

My niece was living with my sister – her Mum – but then she moved out. And she left behind a load of stuff and in amongst it, my sister found this hat. So, obviously it was a bit unloved… and my sister gave it back to me. And I was so, I was really delighted! I’d bought her something that I really liked [laughter]. And I’ve been wearing it nonstop more or less ever since.”

London - December 2012
Photograph by Tim Mitchell

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