The first MODUS publication marks the launch of the project: a first step towards a network for expanded fashion practice. The central thread is a glossary of practices - a developing lexicon of habits, methods, rules, techniques, repetitions and actions - that together, points towards a shared manual for expanded practice. Into this glossary four essays are woven from academics and practitioners revealing questions and challenges as well as suggesting approaches or perspectives that expanded fashion practices might offer.
We hope that this document be read not as a definitive explanation but as a live provocation, that it might be used as a tool to facilitate conversations between the practitioners working in this expanded field and writers/theorists from other disciplines ranging from sociology, cultural and critical theory to politics and economics. We invite you to engage with it as a working model: add notes in the spaces, highlight and draw connections between ideas. It is a blueprint for new ways of thinking, being and doing fashion which forms the foundation of the MODUS project.
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T’ai Smith is Associate Professor of Art History at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Her research considers textile media and concepts through philosophical and economic discourses. She has published in various journals and museum catalogs, including Art Journal, Grey Room, Texte zur Kunst, ZMK (Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung), the Tate Modern and MoMA. Author of Bauhaus Weaving Theory: From Feminine Craft to Mode of Design (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), she is currently drafting a book manuscript titled Fashion After Capital.
Ricarda Bigolin is a Senior Lecturer, designer and researcher in Fashion Design at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Her practice investigates the performative, sensorial and functional potential of fashion via the use of expanded and critical strategies to inspire new expressions and ways to practice fashion in and outside of fashion systems.
Janice Miller is a fashion theorist and Head of Department of Critical and Historical Studies at Kingston School of Art, Kingston University. Her research interests focus on the role of fashion and embodiment in performances of all kinds. Author of Fashion and Music (Berg, 2011) she is currently working on her second book Makeup: Cosmetics from Everyday to Catwalk to be published by Bloomsbury in 2020, as well as articles on fashion apps, body hair and music video.
Ellen Sampson is a material culture researcher, curator and artist who uses practice-based research to explore the relationships between clothing and the body, both in museums and archives, and in everyday life. She is currently Polaire Weismann Curatorial Fellow at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Alexis Romano is a historian of 20th-century fashion and visual culture, with specific interests in photography, and everyday, subjective aspects of dress; and is currently writing a book on prêt-à-porter and women in postwar France to be published by Bloomsbury in 2019. She is a visiting lecturer at Parsons, the New School for Design and co-founder of the Fashion Research Network.