Oct 23: Monuments to Smothered Selves

What is a way to commemorate the interrupted lives of all the dressed selves we could have been? What garments/accessories do we have in our wardrobes which we don’t feel comfortable wearing, but which we once perfectly thought we could be. These things which somehow proved to be just a bit too much, or not for our current peers and context, or just simply “not me?”

Now, what happened to that potential self? Why was it not allowed to come out, to blossom, to fully grow into a mature new self?
We will build small monuments of commemoration, a grave to the unknown self who was sacrificed in the no-mans-land of lost aspirations.

When: Monday October 23rd, 18.00
Where: Parsons Making Center, 2 West 13th Street
Bring: A garment/accessory which is not worn, for some reason – and some cardboard for monument building!
& feel free to fill in a Commemoration Form for your monument – MoSS commemoration form

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Suggested Monument to the Unused Perfume

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Critical Praxis: Mutant Fears

Fashion fears for Halloween became the theme of our workshop – staring from an introductory exquisite corpse test which led us to discuss our everyday fears of wardrobe malfunctions and judgments. What fears and anxieties are hidden under that style of yours?

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From there we started remaking garments to become our everyday fears; exposure, sickness, being made a fool, and the continuous horror references from torture movies. Garments of ridicule, of cancer, of rejection and dresses crying tears of tar and feathers.

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Oct 9: Souling and Sewing – Making Halloween

What about reclaiming Halloween as a DIY practice and not a fast-fashion generic theatrical celebration of waste-making? Following the lead of Frau Fiber’s Halloween Costume Manifesto, the makers in the FashionPraxis group will lead a DIY halloween costume workshop where we can discuss and digest our fears and anxieties of social stigmatization and exclusion. In the tradition of “souling,” we will also serve cake.

When: Monday October 9th, 18.00.
Where: Parsons Making Center, 2nd floor, 2 West 13th Street.

Materials: Bring some left over fabrics and some garments that could become (temporary?) canvas for your halloween embellishment.

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Sept 25: Critical Fashion Praxis #1

This term the Fashion Praxis Lab will arrange a series of reading & making events on the theme of Critical Fashion Praxis, that is, applying some of the thinking in Critical Making to fashion design. We will meet Mondays at 6pm to discuss and together try out new critical practices in fashion – we will see what that can be!

First meeting!

When: Monday September 25th. 6-8pm.
Where: at Parsons, Room U514 in the University Center.

Reading introduction will be sections of Garnet Hertz (ed) “Conversations in Critical Making” – find it here:Hertz-Conversations_in_Critical_Making-ext

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Animal Laborans – Fashion and Labor

Our book Animal Laborans is finished! The result from our book sprint in May 2016 is now ready-to-read. As usual, it is a mongrel assembly of thoughts and ideas, mixed and matched by all of our contributors, and with – hand-made – illustrations.

Enjoy the PDF : AnimalLaborans-w

also available as print-on-demand at Amazon.

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Fashion Praxis flag for lost workers

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Sourcing Journal Online reports today on two fires, a garment factory in China and a textile factory in Bangladesh, that claimed the lives of six and three workers respectively. (The headline reports 11 deaths, however the source articles report six and three.) The Fashion Praxis Lab demands safe and just working conditions for everyone, everywhere, always. We hoped never to fly the flag since we began work on it in February, however upon reading the news this morning – during work on a book on labor, no less – we had to.

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Book-sprinting: fashion labor

The second book sprint by the Fashion Praxis Lab is onto its second day and we are engaging in fashion and labor. These are the six questions we are posing:

1. Who makes fashion? 
2. What labor is involved in attending to or using fashion?
3. What type of labor in fashion interests you? 
4. How is the labor of fashion made visible or invisible?
5. How do you see labor change or move? 
6. How does the labor of fashion feel as it is lived?
Feel free to respond in comments, or if in NYC, come and find us at The New School for a face to face conversation. We are in room B259 of 65 W11th Street until this Friday.
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