fashion People is an open and inclusive model of a 'fashion house' directed by RMIT lecturer and researcher Dr. Ricarda Bigolin and PhD candidate Adele Varcoe as part of an ongoing research project. Using the associated formats and languages of fashion design, fashion People investigate the way speculative and imaginative fashion products might encourage participation and social engagement. Body parts not normally ‘fashioned’ or sites for garments and accessories are chosen as suggestive and evocative fashion articles. The way these items encourage performance, expression and disrupt social interactions in public spaces is the intention behind the design process.
For the opening of Walter Van Beirendonck: Dream the World Awake, fashion People responded to the rich iconography of Beirendonck's practice to propose next season's most coveted item, the 'beardy weirdy'.
fashion People: Beardy Weirdy
Dr. Ricarda Bigolin