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.

Woollen muse

"This skirt [has] migrated through my family. My grandmother made it for my aunt, Lisa, who came to New York in her teens to become a fashion model… and my grandmother made her a wardrobe of clothing before she came. My grandmother always made their clothes anyway, but she made these beautiful wool tailored clothes from my aunt Lisa when she moved here. The clothes eventually migrated back to Ohio where we are from and into my grandmother's cedar chest, where she kept all those things that she made. Now I wear it almost everyday in the wintertime.
My aunt became Perry Ellis's muse. So I actually think a lot of his designs were inspired by some of the wool tailored clothes that she brought with her… she did all of his campaigns through the eighties."

New York - January 2013
Photograph by Ellinor Stigle