There is a friction haunting fashion. Many of the basic qualities of design shares an uncomfortable fit with the way we interact with clothes: They are irrational. They are neither functional, nor user-friendly. Fashion is difference but also sameness, the new as well as the old, the cloning of idols as well as their rejection. It is a sense of pride as much as shame. And it is not uncommon that we feel an urge to lie to others about what we wear and our recent purchases. What is going on here? How are we to deal with the shallows and depths of fashion?
Otto von Busch
Otto von Busch is Associate Professor of Integrated Design at Parsons School of Design, and holds a PhD in design from the School of Design and Craft at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. In his research he explores how the powers of fashion can be bent to achieve a positive personal and social condition with which the Everyperson is free to grow to their full potential. He has for over fifteen years examined fashion beyond consumerism, aesthetic decrees and arbitrary authority, and worked towards establishing fashion practice as a shared capability, biosocial energy, a process of mutual flirting, a play of embodied attentions. His latest books are The Psychopolitics of Fashion: Conflict and Courage Under the Current State of Fashion, (Bloomsbury 2020), and The Dharma of Fashion: A Buddhist Approach to Our Life with Clothes, (Schiffer 2020).
Christiane Luible Bär
Christiane Luible is co-director of the Fashion & Technology institute at the University of Art and Design Linz. Her scientific work focuses on practice-oriented design research for the fashion industry, digital 3D design and the virtual simulation of fashion, as well as on the effects of digital media and tools on the fashion design process. From 2008 to 2013 Christiane Luible-Bär was head of the Design Fashion course at HEAD Geneva. From 2001 to 2008 she was a researcher at the MIRALab of the University of Geneva and worked on groundbreaking European research projects such as E-Tailor, Leapfrog or Haptex.
Nina Wenhart is a media art historian and assistant professor at the Fashion & Technology department at the University of Art and Design Linz. Her research focuses on and orbits around critical reflections of technologies at the intersections of art, fashion, and archiving.