Electric Corset and Other Future Histories

  • Kettley, Sarah (Principal Investigator)
  • Townsend, Katherine (Co-investigator)

Project Details


Our starting point is an observation that the fast fashion paradigm, and the garment forms it produces, have failed to support the integration of wearables into the everyday, despite the increasing maturation of enabling technologies. There is a block in the innovation process.
We didn’t always wear complete garments, or configure our systems of dress in the way we do now. By immersing ourselves in archives, and other times and cultures, we are able to demonstrate and recreate historic alternatives. We look for ‘forgotten’ pieces such as detachable cuffs and collars, spats, pocket bags worn separately, and of course, corsets. We are looking for the pieces that make up whole outfits, and the pieces that were swapped in and out depending on social situation and functional needs. We are interested in layering and attachment.

Layman's description

Wearable technology garment design processes and concepts.
Effective start/end date1/11/1410/09/17


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