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Introduction to week 2

This week we will reflect more deeply on the theme of dress to explore our lived experience of wearing clothes every day.
Womenswear by Catia Silvestre, (BA) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear.
© Ben Turner
Last week we introduced Carol Tulloch’s combination of three terms – style-fashion-dress – as a system of concepts within the study of fashion that are interlinked, yet used to explain different cultural practices or processes.

This week we will reflect more deeply on these themes.

We will explore sustainability through the lens of dress, by considering the clothes we use to adorn ourselves and the relationship between dress and our bodies. Thinking about dress allows us to explore our lived experience of wearing clothes every day and what these clothes mean. This enables us to further reflect on how our clothes are constructed, the materials they are made of, how we can care for and repair these clothes, and the ability to reuse or recycle the materials these clothes are made of.

We will then undertake an analysis activity through this lens.

We will also look more closely at storytelling. This will include our intentions in relation to stories, as well as the psychology of story. Getting dressed is an act of storytelling. It is a chance to articulate our ideas, our emotions and the different facets of our identities.

The ideas that we explore this week will enable us to create a wider conversation about the relationship between dress, storytelling, and equitable, inclusive and diverse cultures.

As you are going through the week, look out for ideas that inspire you. You can use your log or journal to keep your thoughts in one place.

© Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion, UAL
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