Spring 2022 conversations on new fashion praxis

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The “Slow + Fashion” session by Hazel Clark has been postponed. It will be take place on May 2nd, 2022. 

The Fashion Praxis Lab will host a series of informal conversations this Spring 2022.
When: Mondays from 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Where: The new Fashion Hub Room #305 (39 W 13th st, 3rd Floor).
What: informal conversations on the following topics;
04/04 – Fashion and Emotion | Otto von Busch
04/18 – Slow + Fashion | Hazel Clark  SESSION POSTPONED 
05/02Slow + Fashion | Hazel Clark
These sessions are open for the TNS community.
Welcome, and hope to see you there!

Wikipedia edit-a-thon at Parsons

It is time for the yearly update and editing of the “Sustainable Fashion” page on Wikipedia.

In 2019 The Fashion Praxis hosted the first of the Sustainable Fashion Wikipedia edit-a-thons arranged by the Union of Concerned Researchers (UCRF). As Wikipedia is one of the first resources people visit online for information around almost any topic, this source must contain adequate links and references and stay updated and relevant.

Now it is time for another edit-a-thon hosted by the Fashion Praxis Lab. Come by for some collaborative work!

When: Monday, February 28th, 3-5 pm.
Where: UC library, room 606.

We hope to see you there.

Circularity and Vitalism in fashion

A new book is out by one of the lab’s collaborators: Vistas of Vitality.

Over the years, the limits of current discourse on sustainable fashion has been a recurring theme in the lab. To discuss circularity under a paradigm of growth does not seem to reduce the impact of an increasing push and pace of consumption. Neither does it address the lack of meaning and agency in how we consume and interact with garments. So far, the solutions, such as asceticism, hit the needy more than those who have power and status. When it is not moralizing the aspirations of the poor, sustainable fashion seems stuck in a paradox.

One approach discussed across the lab has been to put emphasis on how nature handles growth and learn from living systems. Part of this discussion Otto von Busch put together in a short book “Vistas of Vitality” – it can be downloaded from SelfPassage (and ordered here).

Fashion, Emotion and Self – a way of praxis

The Fashion Praxis Lab continues to explore the depths of dress practice on the topic of Fashion, Emotion and Self. There is now room to discuss this on the New School  platform Public Seminar (run together with Lisa Rubin at New School’s psychology department). We aim to bring together researchers to discuss how we can better frame and articulate the experience and existential depths of fashion.

We plan to make this a symposium and possibly a publication in the coming years. Stay tuned.

Future of craft as a form of protest

We had the amazing Sarah Corbett of Craftivist Collective over to Parsons some time ago, and we have the pleasure of seeing her here again for a discussion on craft and protest. (Fashion Praxis lab in collaboration with the DEED lab at Parsons)

“Craftivism: The Future of Craft as a Form of Protest”

March 26, 2020
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
The New School’s Lang Cafe
Ground Floor, 65 W. 11th St.
and live on Instagram @DEEDLab

Join an evening exploring ‘craftivism’ (craft + activism) – how craft has been used in the past and present for protest, the strengths and weaknesses of craft as a tool for protest and the potential craft has of improving our fragile world in the future. This will be a three-way conversation between Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo, the new Dean of the School of Design Strategies, on artisan crafts as a tool for change-making; Sarah Corbett, Founder of the global Craftivist Collective, sharing how her unique ‘Gentle Protest’ methodology has helped to change hearts, minds, policies, and laws; and Otto von Busch, Associate Professor of Integrated Design, on the power of making for social change. There will be plenty of time for questions, comments and discussion from attendees.


Banner for Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion

The Fashion Praxis Lab at Parsons supports the agenda of the  Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion. To manifest unity, we decided to make a banner for the Parsons section of the Union. We imagine this can be used for celebrations as well as a backdrop for work-in-progress, mobilization, or presentations of union-related activities. Perhaps most importantly, as we made it, it brought about an assembly of people and practices – a way of being together.

– Fellowship is Life. Unity is Strength.  


On the Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion

In today’s Fashion Praxis meeting Timo Rissanen presented the Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion and the development of the agenda with special focus on the challenges of corporate “greenwashing” of fashion. The union’s concerns are shared by the Fashion Praxis Lab, and the discussion circled around how to best push for a visionary as well as critical activist agenda – pushing for more wholesome ways to be with fashion, but also to research on such ways of being – and doing such research in a constructive manner that does not add more waste and pollution (and especially hypocrisy).

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in the works!

One of the first resources people visit online for information around almost any topic is wikipedia. It is thus important having the page of a subject of your concern updated and relevant. This is especially crucial on a complex topic such as sustainable fashion.

As part of the wikipedia edit-a-thon organized by the UCRF, the Fashion Praxis Lab got all into editing the “sustainable fashion” page on Wikipedia together with fellow researchers across the planet. With these efforts the page gets a lot more references and a more nuanced presentation of the topic.


Spring events with Fashion Praxis

The Fashion Praxis Lab at Parsons will do a series of informal events this spring, from editing the “sustainable fashion” wikipedia page, to present recent initiatives in research. Please see schedule below:

  • Tuesday Feb 26th (3.30pm) – Wikipedia edit-a-thon – updating the “sustainable fashion” page on wikipedia.
  • Tuesday March 12 (3.30pm) – “Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion” (Timo Rissanen, and possibly Lynda Grose via Skype)
  • Tuesday March 26 (3.30pm) – “A Buddhist approach to sustainable fashion?” (Otto von Busch)
  • Tuesday April 9 (3.30pm) – “Developing climate beneficial textiles and building regional supply chains” – (Laura Sansone)
  • Tuesday April 23 (3.30pm) – “Designing shirts to evolve over time” (Timo Rissanen)
  • Tuesday May 7 (3.30pm) – Christina Moon

all meetings will be held in the 610 conference room at University Center library, Tuesdays at 3.30pm. Welcome.