Emotional Fit: Fashion Salon

Developing a new fashion methodology with mature women

Rebecca Lewis

This special fashion salon event will showcase selected outcomes from Emotional Fit, an ongoing research project into fashion and ageing carried out by academics from Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design in the School of Art & Design at Nottingham Trent University.

  • From: Wednesday 26 April 2017, 6 pm
  • To: Wednesday 26 April 2017, 8 pm
  • Location: Antenna, 9A Beck Street, Nottingham, NG1 1EQ

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Event details

This special fashion salon event will showcase selected outcomes from Emotional Fit, an ongoing research project into fashion and ageing carried out by academics from Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design in the School of Art & Design at Nottingham Trent University.

Focused on the benefits of co-creative design approaches to inform education and industry, this pilot study considers the changing physical and emotional needs of a group of older women from Nottingham, who will present a collection of fashion prototypes, co-designed on sustainable principles.

The practice-led enquiry is being led by Dr Katherine Townsend, Reader in Fashion and Textile Crafts, in collaboration with fashion and knitwear lecturers Dr Ania Sadkowska, Juliana Sissons, Karen Harrigan, research fellow Katherine West and over 30 local women (aged 55+). The women, who share an interest in fashion, approached the School to find out how design education was responding to the growth in the ageing population – as while they could find plenty of clothing choice on the high street, this was limited in terms of ‘design style and fit’ in relation to their aesthetic preferences and changing body shapes.

Research methods including in-depth interviews, wardrobe inventories, and creative workshops have resulted in valuable insights into the participants’ physiological and psychological engagement with fashion and textiles. The findings have informed the development of a series of versatile garment silhouettes, integrating geometric cutting with digital prints to accommodate a range of different body shapes while facilitating individual expression.

You can read more about the research project on our news pages.

To read the full research paper, please visit our Institutional Research Repository (IRep).

This event is part of Fashion Revolution Week, which takes place from 24 – 30 April 2017, an organisation aimed at raising awareness of the #whomademyclothes initiative, in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, 2013.

Reserve your place

Places are limited for the event. To reserve your place please email Katherine West by Friday 14 April.

Booking information

Places are limited for the event. To reserve your place please email Katherine West by Friday 14 April.

Location details

Room/Building:

Antenna

Address:

9A Beck Street
Nottingham
NG1 1EQ

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