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The Life of a Dress. An introduction
University of Borås, Swedish School of Textiles.
2014 (English)Book (Other academic) [Artistic work]
Sustainable development
The content falls within the scope of Sustainable Development
Abstract [en]

The Life of a Dress is a travelling exhibition and series of workshops. In the light of the global trade of second-hand clothing the project aims to investigate how value-adding activities in participatory handicraft workshops in local communities may engage a population from different generations and nationalities in an exercise in reappropriating these materials. It is a further aim of the project to observe and induce aspects of developing, influencing and reconstructing sustainable patterns of consumption and production. The project explores models for fashion remanufacturing and creates opportunities for further development. The exhibition features collaborations with celebrated photographers and presents a world of dresses and artworks that have been produced or found along the way. In its centre, an open workshop developing shared ideas and skills from its participants takes place.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Univesity of Borås , 2014. , 31 p.
Keyword [en]
Redesign, Upcycling, Clothing and Fashion, Slow Fashion, Workshop, Intervention Study, Exhibition, Photography, Creative industries (CI), Upcycling Textile Management
National Category
Cultural Studies
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (General)
URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-3714Local ID: 2320/14599ISBN: 978-91-981595-0-9OAI: diva2:877104

The Life Of a Dress is an odyssey featuring dresses of multiple ownership from distant corners of the world. Through photography, film, fact and fiction, the concepts and definitions on clothing, textile production, redesign and fashion are being shared, together with the vision and strong conviction that everything old may be reinvigorated and redefined into something new.


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