Conversation Pieces #2 and #3

Hoette, Ruby. 2017. 'Conversation Pieces #2 and #3'. In: Everything and Everybody as Material: beyond fashion design methods. Borås, Sweden. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Fashion is often associated with making a statement – Statement pieces, a statement outfit. What if fashion were to be considered in more fluid terms? As a conversation, a discussion, an exchange, a negotiation or even a heart to heart? What insights does this provide for engaging with materials, process, value and authenticity? Based on this premise and taking both definitions of the term as starting points Conversation Pieces explores ‘conversations’ on different levels in fashion.

Conversation Piece #2 and #3 are presented as an interactive installation for the Everything and Everybody as Material Conference 2017. Conversation Piece #2 consists of a series of dissected garments to be rearranged and re-configured both on and off the body to construct and photograph group portraits. The act of unpicking along original seam-lines dissects each garment into loose pieces that quote from and refer to, the form and construction of the garments from which they came and yet are open to re-interpretation in function and placement. The images made using these garment fragments as props form contemporary versions of the 18th Century Conversation Piece painting genre as a document of the various compositions and new garment assemblages formed by participants at the conference.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Other)


Conversation, Fashion, Language, Dress Practice, Text

Related items in GRO:

  • Hoette, Ruby. 2016. Conversation Piece #1. In: Femke de Vries, ed. Dictionary Dressings. Eindhoven: Onomatopee, pp. 309-327. ISBN 978-94-91677-60-1 [Book Section]
  • Hoette, Ruby and UNSPECIFIED. 2018. Conversation Piece #1. In: "Omega Workshop: An Experiment in Counter-Fashion", EFA Project Space, NYC, United States, 26 January 2018 – 10 March 2018. [Show/Exhibition]
  • de Vries, Femke. 2016. Dictionary Dressings. In: "Dictionary Dressings", Onomatopee Projects, Eindhoven, Netherlands. [Show/Exhibition]
  • Hoette, Ruby. 2017. 'Conversation Pieces #1, #2 and #3'. In: Fashion Research Network Interdisciplinary Symposium and Exhibition - Friday 8th September 2017. Coventry University - London Campus, United Kingdom 8 September 2017. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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8 June 2017Published Online

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Borås, Sweden

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04 Jan 2019 16:26

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02 Mar 2023 11:07


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