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

Perfect Piece

Consumerist fashion is all about what is right on trend, right for uniform mass-manufacture and ultimately right for the figures on a balance sheet. Lost in the mix are a garment’s finesse, fit, appropriateness; and the space to nurture individuality, skills and confidence in a wearer to recognise and revel in the ‘rightness’ of a particular piece.

Finding the right partnership between wearer and garment is the difference between using a piece time and again or throwing it away. Each partnership, like each person, is different. Matching one with the other and being open to the almost limitless variety of possibilities this enables, underscores fashion system diversity.

Made for purpose

"This shirt I found in a consignment store and it’s quite obviously made at somebody’s house. And I’ve found a few pieces like that over the years but this one has served me very well at school here because it has the big pockets and so whenever I’m working in the wood shop I can like jam all my stuff in the there…

I always hope that one day I’ll run into the person that made it… It’s so perfect… made for [a] purpose… it wouldn’t have come from a normal garment manufacturer. It had to be that one person that it came from."

Vancouver - January 2013
Photograph by Jeremy Calhoun