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.
"I brought a maxi-skirt. I won it in a competition online and ever since I’ve got it I wear it so much… as a dress as well, sometimes I wear a top over the dress, so it looks like a shorter skirt. This is stretchy, so my friends can wear it… really just perfect garment (laughs)."
Melbourne - March 2013
Photograph by Paul Allister