Fashion Fictions worlds tour

Twigger Holroyd, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-3403-3516 and Aspinall, M., 2022. Fashion Fictions worlds tour. In: International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes 2022, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, 5-8 April 2022.

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The globalised fashion and textile industry is deeply implicated in the devastation of Earth's life-supporting systems, with negative environmental and social impacts generated at every stage of a garment's lifecycle. Incremental improvements delivered by recent industrial initiatives have been overshadowed by a dramatic increase in the volume of garments produced and consumed. To achieve the radical change that is needed, we must look beyond specific strategies for design, manufacturing and disposal – which remain the focus of much public, professional and academic attention – to reimagine the entire fashion system.

Fashion Fictions is a participatory research project that aims to influence and energise the emergent post-growth fashion movement by bringing people together to generate, experience and reflect on engaging fictional visions of alternative fashion cultures and systems. The participatory process for collective speculation has a three-stage structure, with Stage 1 inviting researchers and laypeople to submit concise written outlines of worlds in which invented historical junctures have led to familiar-yet-strange sustainable cultures and systems. In Stage 2's prototyping workshops, diverse groups of participants add complexity to a selection of these fictions, while Stage 3's 'everyday dress' projects see participants performatively enacting four of the prototyped cultures and systems.

In this interactive workshop, participants will explore a selection of the Stage 1 fictions submitted by UK-based and international contributors. Working in small groups, they will discuss the fictions that they encounter, considering their appeal and possible problems that may arise there, and locate any historical or contemporary real-world practices or cultures that the fictions bring to mind. These real-life parallels are valuable as potential sources of inspiration for sustainable fashion and can also help to identify theories and insights that could be usefully applied to the imagined cultures and systems.

Item Type: Conference contribution
Creators: Twigger Holroyd, A. and Aspinall, M.
Place of Publication: Nottingham Trent University
Date: April 2022
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham School of Art & Design
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 11 Jul 2022 14:30
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2022 14:30

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