Noun: the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method, as opposed to theories relating to it.
Verb: perform (an activity) or exercise (a skill) repeatedly or regularly in order to improve or maintain one’s proficiency.
During a webinar about sustainable fashion the other day that featured Stella McCartney and Gabriela Hearst, the moderator began by asking what their definition of the word sustainability was. In a manner as spare and elegant as her designs, Hearst answered by saying for her it was a “practice”. As a pragmatist, I love when someone breaks something down in a way that is actionable as well as realistic. Thinking of fashion as a “practice” allows us to explore it from multiple perspectives and also let’s those of us who use it to express our identity to make purposeful statements to the world. My fashion as a “social practice” facilitated the disruption of stereotypes about aging albeit “accidentally”.
A few months ago I changed the bio on my Instagram profile from model, writer, content creator blah, blah, blah to say simply, “No longer accidental”. In the coronavirus time for reflection, I see now that in that change I gave myself agency to have a purpose, something I really did not intentionally have before. So I pose the question for study once again, “How can fashion as a form of creative expression be rebuilt in ways that promote social well-being and human and ecological flourishing?” I hope from this I can come to a practice.
So I’ve decided to start my Friday Fashion Bibliography again but in a more intentional way. One that supports practice. So there will be way less content, thoughtfully chosen with the assignment to think about how you(me) can put it into practice. I’m also an optimist so I’ll introduce you to others who are excited by possibility. But as Marc Jacobs cautioned in a recent interview we also need to mourn all the losses before we can think of what will be. I’m holding on to both mourning and hope.
So let’s start with this designer/interdisciplinary thinker/trend forecaster, Li Edelkoort
There are several pieces where she is sharing her thoughts, including the proposal for a World Hope Forum.
Your brilliant thoughts as usual, please! Stay safe and well and have a good weekend.