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.

Stay warm

"The way I use clothes is I stay warm. There’s the jacket and the hat and the cowl and the scarf. And this sable thing gets tied and goes ass first, head in the back. This goes on when it gets below 40. The sables go on when it gets below 40. Everything else, yeah I guess you could say that it gets layered with…cold…it has been obscenely cold."

New York - January 2013
Photograph by Ellinor Stigle