Finding solidarity in Fashion Fictions

Twigger Holroyd, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-3403-3516, 2023. Finding solidarity in Fashion Fictions. In: Practicing solidarity: critical fashion and agency that matters. Arnhem: ArtEZ Press. (Forthcoming)

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Transformation of the globalised mainstream fashion system is urgently needed, but scope for change is limited because many find it difficult to imagine alternatives to the status quo. Responding to this challenge, the Fashion Fictions project brings people together to generate, experience and reflect on engaging fictional visions of alternative fashion cultures and systems and, in the process, gain new perspectives on challenges, possibilities and pathways for change in the real world. Three threads of solidarity can be identified in Fashion Fictions. The first lies in the peer-to-peer collaboration involved when a group explores a fictional world together, whether through writing, prototyping or enactment. A second thread is found in the asynchronous connections that arise when contributors build on others’ work. A third thread lies in the fictions themselves: the worlds that the participants imagine. Various fictions describe solidarity between people as well as solidarity with nonhuman others, whether garments in the wardrobe or other living beings. Those who wish to help to nurture a culture of speculation in the fashion sphere are invited to get involved, whether individually or by organising activities. This decentralised action helps to expand the boundaries of the possible and thereby lays the groundwork for radical real-world change.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Twigger Holroyd, A.
Publisher: ArtEZ Press
Place of Publication: Arnhem
Date: 23 January 2023
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham School of Art & Design
Record created by: Jeremy Silvester
Date Added: 21 Jun 2023 10:00
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2023 16:41

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