Friday, April 07, 2006


Fiona Candy is one of the lecturers on BA Hons Textile Innovations and a member of the Department's People Product and Practice Research Group. She has recently completed a project called 'The Affect of Clothing' which was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

One of its outcomes is a prototype visual archive called “Inhabitants”. This uses digital video to capture the detail and materiality of clothing styles, along with the personal appearance and qualitative body movement of the individuals wearing them.

Fiona thinks that personal style - which she defines as the effect of artefacts on the qualitative movement of their users - is often overlooked by designers. In the case of this project she aimed to develop methods that can capture and analyse the embodied, 'lived experience' of clothing rather than just its 'look'.

The image shows a still from the archive. For more information see link