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

Perfect Piece

Consumerist fashion is all about what is right on trend, right for uniform mass-manufacture and ultimately right for the figures on a balance sheet. Lost in the mix are a garment’s finesse, fit, appropriateness; and the space to nurture individuality, skills and confidence in a wearer to recognise and revel in the ‘rightness’ of a particular piece.

Finding the right partnership between wearer and garment is the difference between using a piece time and again or throwing it away. Each partnership, like each person, is different. Matching one with the other and being open to the almost limitless variety of possibilities this enables, underscores fashion system diversity.

Recognise a garment's rightness

“This is a vintage skirt from the 70s. When I want something really special, I raid charity shops looking for vintage things, particularly skirts and blouses, because they’re cut quite traditionally and they suit my figure.”

Bollington, Cheshire - July 2009
Photograph by Fiona Bailey