Workshops and projects
In addition to the invitation to write a Stage 1 fiction, I am looking for people who are interested in participating in Fashion Fictions Stage 2 workshops and Stage 3 ‘everyday dress’ projects from summer 2021 onwards.
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 (see call)
- fashion/textile practitioners (e.g. designers, makers, stylists, marketers, journalists, researchers)
- academic fashion and sustainability researchers (see call)
To express interest, please email and tell me a little about yourself.
I am also looking for fashion educators interested in running an affiliated project with undergraduate or postgraduate students: more details in the call.
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.