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.

Picture of the past

"This pair of pants are deer skin suede bell bottoms. When I was in high school, I had some friends who worked at a thrift store and we would all dress up in seventies gear and I remember dressing up one time and having my father come in. My father got married very late. He was about fifty when I was born and so I didn’t have any picture of his past, sort of, earlier than that… and he busts out these amazing deer skin suede bell bottoms and puts the stuff we’ve been pulling from the thrift store to shame and that’s where he kind of handed them down to be then and they were sort of like the party pants. But then from there they’ve been lent out on occasion in almost a sort of a very careful manner for special occasions, for a few musicians and they are just such amazing, an amazing garment… deer skin right against your leg with no lining and really soft suede with like a zero dead-rise crouch. It’s very interesting for me to wear them and then also to picture my father in them."

San Francisco - April 2011
Photograph by Paige Green