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.

Midsummer night's dress

"I bought this dress 23 years ago in California in a garage sale. I’m a big fan of Shakespeare’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and when I saw the dress it was for me it was like the symbol of that play and the colour of the skirt part of the dress just mesmerised me. I thought, ‘yeah, this is a colour I want to have in my life, no matter how often I’ll wear the dress’. And the top is also just beautiful. It reminds me of summer so it’s like a summer dress, a midsummer night’s dress and special."

Berlin - July 2010
Photograph by Stefan Rother