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Workshops and projects

I am looking for people who are interested in participating in future Fashion Fictions workshops and ‘everyday dress’ projects over the next 2 years.

Depending on social distancing rules, these workshops and projects might take place in person or virtually.

I am looking for:

  • individuals and groups of friends interested in clothes, fashion and/or sustainability transitions
  • people with specialist expertise in fashion theory and history (whatever their disciplinary background, e.g. sociology, anthropology, geography, history, cultural studies)
  • fashion/textile practitioners (e.g. designers, makers, stylists, marketers, journalists, researchers)
  • people with skills in design fiction and experiential futures

To express interest, please email and tell me a little about yourself.

What to expect

At a workshop, participants work collaboratively in a small group over two days to create prototypes to represent a fictional fashion system. Each set of prototypes is based upon one of the 100-word sketches that describe a parallel World.

The group discusses the use and meanings of fashion products and processes in the fictional World and use material and visual resources to bring the world to life. No preparation is required and all materials are supplied.

During the ‘everyday dress’ projects, participants model the experience of living in one of the Worlds, blurring the lines between their everyday life and the shared fiction. These projects may be intensive, taking place over a couple of days, or extended over a number of weeks or months.

As an example: at the pilot workshop, one group created a museum exhibit of historical artefacts for World 1. Another group created the Instagram feed of a fictional company for World 2, and for the follow-on project dressed as if they lived in this World every Thursday, exchanging experiences via an online chat.

The workshop and project looked a little like this:

Other ways to join in

You can also join in by contributing an idea for a new fashion fiction World, and sharing any historical or contemporary real-world examples that the current collection of Worlds bring to mind. Follow the links for more information.

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