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


The link between a person and a garment can never be planned for, but has lasting impact when a garment becomes a life-long companion. It reveals the potential for change in each individual and often marks that in the associations with a piece, for single, small actions can have big effects.

Work and pleasure

"I know this jacket as my ‘Cherubino’ jacket. I was working at the National Theatre when I bought it. It is almost knee length and it’s cut quite formally rather like an eighteenth century frock coat, although the fabric is so fluid that the formality isn’t sort of very obvious… and of course eighteenth century frock coats weren’t worn by girls, they were worn by chaps… About 10 years ago I was having lunch with an opera singer and I was wearing this jacket and almost before he’d said hello he said, “Oh, I see you’ve come as Cherubino”… Cherubino is a character in Mozart’s ‘Marriage of Figaro’ and he is a character who is a boy, in the story, but is always played, sung, by a girl. And so ever since… that’s what it’s been… it has a sort of theatrical resonance. It speaks to me about the difference between clothes and costume and links different parts of my life."

London - January 2010
Photograph by Sean Michael