Worn: Footwear, Attachment and Affects of Wear

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Abstract

In a culture preoccupied with newness and a fashion system predicated upon it, what is our attachment to clothes which are marked through use and why do they have the power to affect us so deeply? How are our relationships to footwear produced and maintained through the embodied practices of wearing, maintenance and repair? Through a focus on a single garment, the shoe, this book seeks to explore broader questions about the embodied experience of wearing and the affect of the worn.

Originating in an experimental practice-based methodology which placed wearing at its centre, the project is extended through the author's practice of making, wearing and photographing shoes. The book presents the act of wearing as a tool for developing knowledge, of 'being in' or 'being with' rather than observing from the outside, and calls readers to reconsider the value of the marks of wear at a time when fast fashion reigns supreme and interest in damaged garments quietly increases.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBloomsbury
Number of pages272
ISBN (Electronic)9781350087200
ISBN (Print)9781350087187
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2020

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