Fashion Fictions brings people together to generate, experience and reflect on engaging fictional visions of alternative fashion cultures and systems. The aim is to understand how radically sustainable fashion cultures and systems might be imagined and experienced, and discover which historical or contemporary real-world examples we can draw on in the process of exploring them.
The project has a three-stage structure:
- Stage 1: Creating 100-word outlines of fictional fashion cultures and systems
- Stage 2: Developing the Stage 1 sketches through the creation of visual and material prototypes
- Stage 3: Enacting and experiencing the worlds prototyped at Stage 2 via ‘everyday dress’ projects
I am inviting academics at higher education institutions to devise and run Fashion Fictions projects with undergraduate or postgraduate students (e.g. fashion/textiles, fashion communication, design) in order to diversify contributions to the central Fashion Fictions project and provide an opportunity for students to engage with this international fashion and sustainability initiative.
The format for these education projects is very flexible: they could incorporate any of the three stages or a combination, and could vary in duration from a short one-off workshop to an extended project.
The educator(s) will plan and deliver the project, drawing on the Fashion Fictions framework, in a way that fits into their curriculum, timetable, learning outcomes, student needs and so on. I will provide support for all projects and showcase work on the Fashion Fictions website.
A pilot group of institutions will be running affiliated Fashion Fictions projects within the next 12 months. I am now looking for expressions of interest from academics who would like to discuss the potential of running a project at any point between September 2021 and June 2023.
To express interest and receive further information, please email Dr Amy Twigger Holroyd, Associate Professor of Fashion and Sustainability at Nottingham Trent University.
I look forward to hearing from you!