Just completed: the Fashion Ecologies research project involving three years of research about localism and sustainability change in fashion. As the funded research draws to a close, a new project website has been built offering findings, research methods, research papers and micro design projects, including a ‘haberdashemergency‘ sewing repair kit and a Pocket Guide to Fashion Ecology, amongst others. The project conducted extensive fieldwork in the town of Macclesfield in the North of England and sought to develop new knowledge based on a dynamic mix of resources and interactions in an area, the sum of what a place can offer. Let us know what you think…
A new book, a veritable smorgasbord of research methods examining what happens to clothes after they have been bought, is fresh off the press! It is available to buy direct from the publisher Novus.
Comprising 50 methods created by 50 authors from four continents, this volume brings together for the first time different tools and approaches for enquiring into the ‘lifeworld’ of garments and the associated relationships.
Edited by myself and Ingun Grimstad Klepp, we see Opening Up the Wardrobe as a radical book, giving attention to the real world of clothing actions and a counter narrative to the dominant view of fashion and clothing where fashion is an economic process, clothing a commodity and the prevailing definition of fashion describes a narrow view of who and what is valuable.
We mark the publication of the book with a fortnight of events taking place around the world, including:
13th September 2017, 15:00-17:00 in Oslo, Ingun and I will be together and there will be live demonstrations of some of the methods. More details here.
14th September, 16:00 – 17:00 in Copenhagen. Book launch at the University of Copenhagen, South Campus (KUA3) room 4A.0.68. (This is at the end of an open seminar on Uniforms in Practice)
And on 20th September 2017, 16:00-20:30 in London as part of London Design Festival, methods will be demonstrated as part of the Laundry Pile event (organised by three contributors to the book: Emma Rigby, Lizzie Harrison and Jade Whitson-Smith) and at which I will be speaking. The event is free, but places are limited.