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


The link between a person and a garment can never be planned for, but has lasting impact when a garment becomes a life-long companion. It reveals the potential for change in each individual and often marks that in the associations with a piece, for single, small actions can have big effects.

1990s Mapei

"So this is sort of my favourite vintage cycling jacket, from the Italian cycling team Mapei, who are active during sort of from ‘93 to 2002… they were super successful during that period… it is my favourite vintage cycling jacket and kind of a little bit sentimental. I just like the pattern, the colour pattern, it’s a bit unique.

Yes, [it is lined], I guess it is a kind of microfibre. But there is also like a stretch to it as well because they are meant to be worn relatively tight when you are cycling so it doesn’t give too much drag. And I think the idea with this sort of parachute material is that it carries the graphics really nicely, but it’s also quite aerodynamic as well. So this was sort of a winter training jacket. And pockets in the back as well..."

Melbourne - March 2013
Photograph by Paul Allister