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

Open and Adjust

Garments can be reworked to meet changing needs. The knowledge and skills to open up a garment and adjust it to fit enrich and embolden society. They remind us about ingenuity and resourceful possibility and help replace consumption with action.

Trendy and frumpy

“This top was bought in a second hand shop… It fitted over the shoulders and under the bust but it was too big [at the waist]. So it was hanging in my closet for a while because it didn’t really fit me that well... It made me look like a block. So I decided to sew it. I opened the garment up and fitted the bodice to my waist [with darts]. Then also I decided to keep the bottom as a raw edge because it makes it more up-to-date because it was kind of frumpy. It was trendy and frumpy at the same time.”

Oslo - March 2012
Photograph by Kristin von Hirsch