What do our clothes say about us?

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What do our clothes say about us?

Morag Seaton

The relationship we have with our clothing is personal and ever-changing, yet the simplicity of a worn garment is something we all have in common. Each garment can provide an insight to identity, behaviour, gender differences, age, occupational roles, culture, religion and wealth. ‘Garment Stories’ is a book of illustrated interviews which follows the relationship between people and their clothes. Each person was asked about their most valued garments and the reasons for their attachment. The conversations told much about the individual’s identity and values, and most often the stories spoke of hand-me-downs, significant memories and clothing from loved ones. Today, the need to find value in our things is essential given the detrimental effects of obsolete design, consumption and textile waste on society and the environment. The lack of understanding of clothing, their manufacturing and ‘use’ contributes to this issue. In response to this, ‘Garment Stories’ encourages conversations of garment ‘use’ and understanding. It asks those to find value in their things, to discourage the view of clothing as a disposable item, and to consider the responsibility of the wearer. 

Pencil illustrations printed in a hand-bound book. Written interviews, illustrations, bookbinding and photography by Morag Seaton. www.moragseaton.com

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