UNPICKING THE FASHION SYSTEM: PRACTICE AS RESEARCH WORKSHOP

Ruby Hoette

Abstract


During this workshop participants will experiment with methods of dissection and collage as tools with which to actively engage with the fluid and dynamic relationships that constitute fashion and the shifting role of the fashion designer. Unpicking garments along original seam-lines functions as a metaphor for the unravelling of
the mechanisms that constitute pervasive fashion practices and production processes. The resulting loose garment elements will then be rearranged into new formations or mappings - proposals
for collective ways of engaging with fashion production and a new fashion ‘collection’. The workshop will draw on the concept of the personal wardrobe, within which various styles, brands
and materials are brought together. It will activate the tacit knowledge embedded in the practice of curating we each employ in the daily act of dressing. This will inspire and inform a wider discussion around the roles of designer and wearer in contemporary fashion culture.
This workshop functions as a platform to collectively explore innovative and inclusive modes of ‘doing’ and ‘being’ fashion.

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