the CRISIS collection…

...a series of trans-seasonal, made to MANIFESTO capsule collections exploring the themes and redemptive power of CRISIS...

IN A CRISIS...

In a crisis we may cling to the familiar. Unready to let go of the old form we may adore the traditional, that which signals order and the safety of known hierarchies. In a crisis structures not build to endure the conditions of change may collapse. Allegiances shift. Things may accelerate, or slow to nothing. In a crisis we are forced to adapt. In a crisis we may start to recognise the true value of our resources, in scarcity their utility multiplied. In a crisis we may recognise who we no longer are, what no longer works. In a crisis our dreams may crumble and force us to consider the virtue of what remains. In a crisis we may finally move forward realising nothing remains to secure us. After a crisis we may no longer recognise ourselves. After a crisis, if we survive, we may feel liberated and powerful. After a crisis we may look back critically at our previous comforts. After a crisis we may wonder what held us back for so long.
 

CRISIS: Noun

1. A time of intense difficulty or danger.
1.1 A time when a difficult or important decision must be made.
1.2 The turning point of a disease when an important change takes place, indicating either recovery or death.

Origin: From Greek krisis ‘decision’ from krinein ‘decide’

 

CRISIS MANIFESTO of MAKE 

  1. Garments to be a response to and visual essay on, questions arising from the stages of crisis.

  2. Use only what is already owned (energy, resources, reserves), or can be scavenged, exchanged or paid minimally for.

  3. Gather, source, scavenge within a strict local radius of your work/space, to a maximum of 10 miles for further fabric sourcing/manufacture.

  4. Use only remnant, end of line fabrics or locally available basic make materials.

  5. For purchased materials, donate or sell the equivalent as an act of exchange.

  6. Re-assign garments – your own, your own labels, other people’s.

  7. Regenerate the discarded, utilise the unusable.

  8. Make garments for no particular season, disregard recognised industry deadlines for your output.

  9. Use garment gender only as formal historical reference, as you would in your own wardrobe.

  10. Upon completion, totally change your work and life practices. Break all habitual modes. Move house, move city, consider a new country altogether. Maybe even change your name.

 

CRISIS   Main Lookbook
 

CAPSULE 01: WHAT’S MY JOB NOW? 

Survivalist/Worker/De-constructor/ Shape-shifter/Story Teller
Androgynous adapted work and daily functional wear

FEMINISED WORKWEAR
Utility garments split and frilled; City shirts given additional openings, re-imagined

RELATIONSHIP T SHIRTS
Co-dependent & Inter-dependent T shirts

RECONFIGURED KNITWEAR
Panels reassembled from various knit samples are collated into wearable conceptual items with inbuilt freedoms of use.

CAPSU­LE 02:  SOME SENSE OF STRUCTURE

The habit of taking apart, rotating and de-constructing things - of never settling on a form, of continual questioning - does not make for a stable life…3 groups experimenting with and collapsing traditional dress forms.

A) 10 METRES EACH/ NAVY BLUE PRINT SERIES
Survivalist Dress Sets. Dresses are all collapse-able and come in sets with supporting add-ons (sleeves, additional panels); stages of collapse and interplay of panels and parts allow for multiple variations of wear, giving each dress several identities

B) THE 10 METRES OF NAVY POLYESTER EXPERIMENT
The Crisis/Support Dress Series. Several dresses and dress parts are forged together to support each other

C) ARTISANAL RESCUE DRESS SERIES
Un-wearable, broken vintage dresses regenerated; spliced, suspended, re-made

 

 

SHOOT CREDITS: 
 

PHOTOGRAPHY, fashion & professional product: the beautiful Aava Anttinen

CREATIVE POST PRODUCTION/ landscapes: Julie Wilkins

MODEL: the lovely William Dill-Russell