Interrogating Fashion is operating as a network cluster in 2005 identified key questions and developed research projects that would have a genuine impact on the manufacturing sector, creating new paradigms and opportunities, which will, by design, be more sustainable. It brings together a wide-ranging group of academics, artists, designers, scientists and technologists to interrogate and challenge existing practices and processes in fashion and clothing.
The cluster explored research themes which spanned the entire spectrum of fashion creation: from inspiration and concept development, through innovative design processes and applications of emerging technologies such as digital printing, 3D-body scanning and rapid prototyping in production. Presenting of fashion in a range of contexts, and audience engagement with issues raised. Focus on key areas where the potential for new paradigms and technology transfer is greatest. Themes centred around the socio-economic issues of transience and sustainability concerning fashion; design innovation issues in fashion processes and products; and cultural issues of creating new fashion discourse through modes of presentation, interaction, and display.
Focus on three overlapping themes:
- The Fashion Paradox: transience and sustainability.
- Digital Fashion? From craft to mass customisation.
- Fashion in Context: presentation and display, audience and engagement.