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

See Things Differently

Garments are both material and message. They cover us up – and reveal us – physically and emotionally. They hold potential to alter how we feel and how we see things, which in turn, change the things we see.

Comfort dressing

"These pants were given to me by my mother… I liked the colour and comfort of them. The colour reminds me of space, and the comfort means that they never restrict me from sitting or doing. I used to just use [comfortable clothing like these] round the home, because I was too aware in public spaces of, I guess, of trends, of what was in fashion. But now I use them when I feel like being quite comfortable, I guess.

Fashion used to not be a pleasure. I went to this college which had a uniform. And the Mufti days (non-uniform dress) I’d feel I had to buy a new garment, so that I felt I was up-to-date. I remember thinking as I walked down the hallway of being very aware of how I was received but in reality everyone has their own processes going on, they are not looking at you… Now I have a much greater pleasure in fashion that… I guess has come from experience and open discussion with people who I feel just don’t take you at all for what you wear…. Now I get a pleasure out of wearing it because it is comfortable."

Wellington, New Zealand - March 2013
Photograph by Aliscia Young