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.

Longevity of the unusual

“I have my Grandma’s ‘symphony sweater’. So this was the sweater that she would wear for orchestra concerts. She played viola in the orchestra and so you know you have to wear something nice and black and so she made this and she wore this when she played at the symphony. My mom got it after she died and then I happened upon it in the past few years… It’s unique, almost strange [piece]. We’ve saved a few clothes of my Grandma’s clothes and it’s the stuff that’s unusual that gets kept and passed down… The things that stand out, that you remember…”

Oslo - March 2012
Photograph by Kristin von Hirsch