U+Zine 7, “Clothes”

Slow or fast, fashion is temporal. For many of us, the relationship to the life of clothes is partial or incomplete : materials become fabrics, fabrics become clothes, clothes become trends, trends are worn-off, clothes become rags…it happens.
As we want to understand our habits, engage through our consumption and frame how the world perceives us, several questions emerge.

What are the functions of clothes? What relation do clothes have with the body? What do we express through clothing? In which systems are clothes embedded? How are clothes statements? How are trends determined?

For this call, we invite you to explore alternative shapes, life cycles, trends and cultural dynamics of what we, maybe, used to call “clothes”.
Here are possible ideas :

What if the ever-changing fashion marries resilience?
What if the idea of clothes is translated in a tangible, numerical world?
How will materials be selected in the future and how will it create new ways of being?
What if we start caring for our clothes?
What if our clothes start caring for us?
What if clothes affected our relationship to others?
What if clothes could be brought to life?

In September 2021, we issued a call to the U+ community: send us a story, a drawing, a picture, a video, a sentence, original or not, that you created or that inspires you…

We received 6 contributions and included a role playing scenario developed by Geraldine Wharry for a workshop that
took place on November 26, 2022. As our conversations evolved, we thought it would be interesting to give each of the
contributions a place in our wardrobe. Every “drawer” was defined by our small curatorial groups’ subjective political, social, cultural and environmental frame of analysis, and what we felt resonated with the content received.