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.

Memory Thai

“My grandmother and my grandfather lived in Thailand in the 1970s. So my grandmother she would have custom made clothes for her… this blouse is in Thai silk. I never met her because she died when I was a week old. But it was passed on to my mother and now me. I’m very happy to use her clothes. I feel more connected to her and my past.”

Oslo - March 2012
Photograph by Kristin von Hirsch