Monday, 17 May 2010

Fashion Co-Design Workshop

Last Friday I designed and facilitated a workshop at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, at The University of Dundee.

The workshop was designed around an interchangeable dress and invited participants to submit designs. The changeable element was built in to explore multifunctional clothing as a method to challenge direct consumption by exploring alternative fashion interactions.

As a group we discussed ways to make clothing changeable but accessible. To customise fashion sewing skills and know how is required and this costs more money, takes time and requires effort therefore how can a fashion consumer get a quick fix in a do-able format?

To communicate the concepts the participants designed and produced a 'zine' to accessories their dress.

Each team presented their dress and zine. All integrated social and digital media into their concepts to create networks. These networks would support service design models, send members tokens for downloads, offer upgrade and repair. The networks would be designed to also conversations around the dress designs and showcase ways to assemble and style new looks.

The students were brilliant and offered some great designs and suggestions.

The final designs will be produced and new concepts will be added through future workshops. This will be showcased through a new blog and digital space.

Details to follow soon!

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