This book explores the `craft of use', the cultivated, ordinary and ingenious ideas and practices that promote satisfying and resourceful use of garments, presenting them as an alternative, dynamic, experiential frame with which to articulate and foster sustainability in the fashion sector.
Here Kate Fletcher provides a broad imagining of sustainability in fashion that gives attention to tending and wearing garments, and favours their use as much as their creation. She offers a diversified view of fashion beyond the market and the market's purpose and reveals fashion provision and expression in a world not dependent on continuous consumption.
Framing design and use as a single whole, the book uncovers a more contingent and time-dependent role for design in sustainability, recognising that garments, while sold as a product, are lived as a process. Drawing from stories and portrait photography that document the ways in which members of the public from across three continents use their clothes, and the work of seven international design teams seeking to amplify these use practices, Craft of Use presents a changed social narrative for fashion, borne out of ideas of satisfaction and interdependence, of action, knowledge and human agency, that glimpses fashion post-growth.
Kate Fletcher (University of the Arts London UK)
Country of Publication:
08 April 2016
Further / Higher Education
A / AS level
Acknowledgements. 1. Use and Using 2. Consumerism, Sustainability and Fashion 3. Matter in Motion 4. Attentiveness, Materials, and Their Use 5. Durability, Design and Enduring Use 6. Capabilities and Agency 7. Farewell, Good Travels Bibliography. Index
For nearly two decades Kate Fletcher's work has shaped the field of fashion and sustainability, and come to define it. She works with fashion businesses, education, non-profits and government. She is Professor of Sustainability, Design, Fashion at the University of the Arts, London, UK. This is her fourth book.
Reviews for Craft of Use: Post-Growth Fashion
Fashion is really 'not my thing', but I've learned so much from Kate Fletcher over the years. And I just love all the 'local wisdom' embedded in Craft of Use, deepening our ideas about durability, resourcefulness, thrift, links to the land, and redefining materialism. When meaning and wellbeing can be seen to flow not so much from the buying as from the using of any garment, even I might begin to see fashion as 'an expression of our activism'! - Jonathon Porritt, Founder and Director, Forum for the Future, UK