These reflections were at the basis of a conversation we started some months ago with our partners at IUAV University of Venice. We teamed up with Dr. Elena Fava, who teaches contemporary design cultures at IUAV, and developed an ad hoc project with her students to give them the chance to learn about our archive, play with it and use it in order to test their knowledge about the relationship between fashion and time.
The workshop consisted in the exploration of the EFHA database to build a research path that substantiated – with objects, data and images – a reflection on some key words / apparent oxymorons, related to issues addressed in the course of contemporary design cultures:
Reproducibility / Uniqueness
Hand made / Ready product
Art / Design
Design / Collect
Materiality / Immateriality
Each group chose a theme and developed a research path in the archive, selecting the best objects to represent it and trying to articulate the reasons why these objects were linked to each other, or in any case significant with respect to the chosen theme.
Stay tuned on our social media platforms, where we will the most compelling stories the students managed to weave after diving into the EFHA archive.