The 100-Mile Suit project

Authored by: Kelly Cobb

The Routledge Companion to Design Research

Print publication date:  October  2014
Online publication date:  October  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415706070
eBook ISBN: 9781315758466
Adobe ISBN: 9781317636250

10.4324/9781315758466.ch39

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Abstract

Our clothing is our second skin, a pliable shelter. In contrast, the apparel and footwear industry is highly globalised with a supply chain that stretches around the world, almost completely disengaged from the consumer. The 100-Mile Suit – the result of a six-month design experiment that utilised a regional supply chain with the aim of reintegrating and reconnecting the wearer of clothes to local trades and economies – was intended to introduce a dialogue about resources and community, an attempt to unravel the disconnect of consumer to product. Originally developed as part of a museum exhibition focusing on local communities and collective gestures, the 100-Mile Suit project employed virtual spaces of blog and internet for collaborative dialogue as well as a physical museum as a production space during demonstrations akin to ‘sheep to shawl’ events. A regional garment supply chain was simulated, wherein the community could witness the process of making clothing, talk to the makers and touch the materials.

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