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

Easy Repair

The fashion industry’s industrial cut and sew techniques produce a polished garment, so polished in fact that it seems complete as is, closed to improvisation from the ‘outside’. But the design and construction of some garments are different, more like a work in progress, open to adaptation and repair and to building understanding about how things are made.


"This dress I got in a thrift shop and somebody sewed it at home. It had a bunch of rips and things in it so I took it home and put a new zipper in it and… because it’s homemade... if anything rips, if any seam tears it is so much easier to fix because it’s not over-locked or anything. It fits me absolutely perfectly and I love it."

London - January 2010
Photograph by Sean Michael