On Friday 3rd September 2021, Dr Laetitia Forst presented ongoing work at the Colloquium “La Mode comme Indiscipline” organized in collaboration between the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs and the École Duperré, in Cerisy, Normandy. The place holds an important role in the tradition of knowledge sharing and has hosted some very well-known thinkers and writers throughout its many years of existence. This was the first-ever Cerisy colloquium dedicated to Fashion, and a fantastic opportunity to showcase the pioneering work taking place at UAL and in the HEREWEAR project.
The presentation by Laetitia focused on the crucial role of fashion and textile design methods in research for sustainable and circular fashion practices. It drew on insights from three research projects, including the HEREWEAR sample collection and early prototype work. It outlines three key methods to progress research through fashion and textile practice methods: the mood board, the textile sample, and the prototype. Jesse Marsh from TCBL also presented the network by videoconference. The colloquium involved 39 (thirty-nine) people representing a mix of academia and industry and will lead to a publication later this year.