Otto von Busch: Fashion-able: Hacktivism and Engaged Fashion Design (2008)

14 November 2010, dusan

The thesis Fashion-able consists of a series of extensive projects which aims to explore a new designer role for fashion. It is a role that experiment with how fashion can be reverse engineered, hacked, tuned and shared among many participants as a form of social activism. This social design practice can be called the hacktivism of fashion. It is an engaged and collective process of enablement, creative resistance and DIY practice, where a community share methods and experiences on how to expand action spaces and develop new forms of craftsmanship. In this practice, the designer engages participants to reform fashion from a phenomenon of dictations and anxiety to a collective experience of empowerment, in other words, to make them become fashion-able.

Keywords: Fashion Design, Hacktivism, Hacking, Heresy, Small Change, Professional-Amateurs, Do-it-yourself, Action Spaces, Artistic Research, Practice-based research

Doctor of Philosophy in Design thesis
Publisher School of Design and Crafts, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg, 2008
Art monitor series
ISBN 919777572X, 9789197775724
271 pages


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