Our “Exploring changing fashion across cultures” project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund,and ran through the summer 2015, ending with an exhibition at the Barnfield theatre in Exeter. Working with a group of 32 people from more than 15 different countries, we visited Devon’s historic fashion heritage collections and talked about what clothing from Britain and the rest of the world can tell us about our societies and ourselves.
This page collects together writing, photos and audio recordings from the project for you to enjoy.
Click to see photos of the project, taken by Clive Chilvers of Meridian Raw.
Exploring changing fashion across cultures by Soundart_Radio on Mixcloud
Read all about it – click the links below to read participants’ stories.
Njareh, Fanta, Jane, Kit, Jackie, Vera, Tony
Yuki, Magdalena, Veron, Musarat, Sorath
Marie, Solweig, Manh, Kirill, Anthony
Click the links below to hear participants talking about fashion.
Rehab talks about the origins of the project
Njareh and Fanta discuss how they express themselves through clothing
Fanta and Njareh discuss their childhood memories of clothing and hair
Kit discusses the sarong and cultural identity
Kit recalls childhood memories of school uniform
Kit discusses generational change in dress
Kit talks about making her hanging
Musarat introduces herself
Musarat discusses how she has seen fashion change in recent years
Musarat talks about her hanging
Musarat talks about her personal style and colour preferences
Musarat talks about what we can learn from studying how fashion has changed
Musarat tells us about her favourite items
Musarat, Soumaya and Nicole talk about making dolls from grass
Tony introduces himself
Tony discusses childhood memories of clothing
Tony talks about his relationship to fashion and his personal style
Tony tells us what he thinks people can learn from the exhibition
Vera discusses her childhood memories of clothing
Vera discusses the ‘language of fashion’
Vera introduces herself
Vera talks about what she enjoyed the most about the project