Emotional Fit: Activating the embodied fashion knowledge of older women

Katherine Townsend (Artist), Ania Sadkowska (Artist), Jim Boxall (Artist)

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchDigital or Visual Media


This documentary film (10 mins) communicates practice research into the development of an alternative fashion design methodology, involving academic researchers and a group (n=45) of women, (aged 55-75) from Nottingham, UK. Footage captures creative exchanges via pattern cutting, toiling, fitting and photography sessions - culminating in a public salon where participants modelled the co-created garments. The film is narrated by the women involved who provide a compelling rationale about the role of stylish (age appropriate) clothing to support personal agency; how making clothes in their youth made them feel part of a group; how fashion interests them, and why they currently feel estranged from it.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputFilm
Publication statusPublished - 9 Apr 2019
Event21st IFFTI Annual Conference: Fashion ID - Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester , United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Apr 201912 Apr 2019


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