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

Super Long Life

Making a garment last is very different to making a long-lasting garment. Enduring use is often difficult to predict. It is specific and personal and linked more with ways of thinking, experiences and memories than materials. Finding ways to access these may be critical to third, fourth or fifth lives.

The Munster cloak

“This cape [a Munster cloak] was my great, great grandmother’s and it’s been passed down through the generations. You have to hold it closed as you wear it and its got drawstrings in the hood. She was tall – like me – and it was made especially for her… and now with me it fits someone else in our family.”

Dublin - April 2012
Photograph by Des Moriarty