Design holds the potential for change and possible, better futures. In a time of chronic political, environmental, health, and social struggles with a lingering fear of an imminent crisis, an intrinsic question arises: What can design really do, right now?
With the exhibition “Crafting Fashion for Possible Futures”, curated by Camille Boyer and Miriam Kathrein, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York presents for the first time a comprehensive overview of contemporary Austrian fashion design.
The exhibition focuses on the working methods of professional fashion design practitioners, concerned with their responsibility in the socio-political, sociocultural, and socio-economical realm. Their fashion design practice explores and investigates fields of identity politics, activism, sustainability, or the interdependency of traditional production processes and new technology.
In the exhibition objects such as garments, shoes, accessories, textiles, images and films are shown to ask one question:
HOW CAN THE ACT OF CRAFTING FASHION DRIVE POSITIVE AND SYSTEMIC CHANGE?