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.

Kenyan care

"My dress is from Kenya and is from a good friend who I met there. She has five kids, they put us up in their home; no water, no electricity, no anything and then she was kind enough to give me this gift. I’ve had it for seven years. My husband and I made the trip together and he died the next year. This is the dress I wore for his funeral because it reminded me of him… he was a very good friend of her husband’s. I feel surrounded by love and care when I wear it."

Marin City - July 2012
Photograph by Paige Green