30 May 2024

Play Magazine, A Wearable Library
Melbourne Design Week 2024

Testing Grounds Emporium, 438 Queen St

Presented by Sky Vermont 

Our relationship to fashion is so defined by consumption that it can be hard to imagine anything different. Welcome to the PLAY magazine library where a fashion collection is flat packed, folded down into an A4 magazine format and freely available to borrow. Could fashions future be one of creativity, tactility and trust?

Straddling the border of garment and published matter, this collection explores the entanglement of fashion, media and consumer culture through a collection of garments that fold down into A4 magazines. Attendees are invited to sign up to PLAY library and borrow a magazine before folding and tying it into a wearable clothing item. Without traditional seams, each garment is constructed through a series of ties and slits cut into the fabric, accessible without any sewing skills or equipment.

PLAY magazine is an attempt to recenter the material, sensory experience of fashion as opposed to focus on image and aesthetic. The magazine excludes images, instead allowing the image of the garment to arise in real time and space as the wearer constructs it. The construction of each garments calls for time and attention, direct experience and tactility each of which is marginalised in our consumer society.

Image: Supplied by the artist

12pm-5pm, Thursday-Sunday

Melbourne Art Library, Naarm
Testing Grounds Emporium,
438 Queen St,
Naarm / Melbourne VIC 3000
We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which we operate, and respect their enduring connection to country. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

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