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.


"This is a Katherine Soucie dress which I kind of play with even more than she originally intended… I can wear it inside-out, backwards, forwards, it's basically a four-way dress. The [raised overlocked] seams [which patchwork together pieces of waste hosiery] make it completely reversible."

Vancouver - January 2013
Photograph by Jeremy Calhoun