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II
SYMBIOTIC WEARING




Thayhat (Ernesto Michahelles), Tuta, 1925.
︎ Ernesto Michahelles



The cut and colour of a garment is what attract us to it aesthetically, but what makes a great piece of clothing is its durability and adaptability to the body, which are the prime functions of garments as objects. Garments simultaneously represent our self to the external world, while also affecting our being in the world.


Many scholars have successfully illustrated the cyclical nature of fashion trends, dictated by our aspirations to thrive among our peers and feel accepted via the affiliation to a popular style.  However, what seems to be overlooked is the relationship we establish with fashion in the act of wearing itself.






Patricia Faur for Rudi Gernreich, 1999.




The feeling of garments against our skin is a sensation that we experience on a daily basis. Clothes move symbiotically as our bodies navigate spaces, places, and different weathers. We are constantly in touch with our garments, yet very little attention has been paid to how they make us feel.