From High Risk Dressing to Critical Fashion

Healy, R 2018, 'From High Risk Dressing to Critical Fashion', RMIT Design Archives Journal, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 13-19.

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title From High Risk Dressing to Critical Fashion
Author(s) Healy, R
Year 2018
Journal name RMIT Design Archives Journal
Volume number 8
Issue number 1
Start page 13
End page 19
Total pages 7
Publisher RMIT Design Archives
Abstract The reappraisal and scrutiny of the fashion system in recent years has sparked debate and contemplation on new approaches to the discipline and its traditions in terms of design, manufacturing, communication and experience. Current commercial practices of fashion are dominated by homogenised, large-scale global design brands in an industry driven by increasing speed to put garments to market. Major issues of the environment and ethical impacts of the commercial fashion system are now more pressing than ever. As a result, debate concerning the viability and sustainability of current approaches has launched a mounting enquiry into alternative fashion systems and the role that niche sole practitioners and micro enterprises might play in the transformation of this industry. In this changing setting, fashion is no longer simply driven by stylistic trends and collections of clothing - instead there is capacity to consider its complexity. The emerging notion of critical practice in the fashion field oÅers a way that we might reconsider and invent fashion's future. For instance, in 1999 Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby popularised the idea of critical design using the premise of speculative design informed by critical thinking to generate new ways of working and to address how design might respond to the pressing issues of our time. In this essay the application of critical fashion is explored through modes of exhibition and archive practices to consider how this approach to fashion has emerged in the niche geographical location of Melbourne. Through the exhibition High Risk Dressing /Critical Fashion, an exhibition I co-curated alongside Fleur Watson, Kate Rhodes and Nella Themelios, the ideas of critical fashion, from an archive to gallery space, activate hindsight alongside new works.
Subject Textile and Fashion Design
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