‘Clothes You'll Never Wear’ is a participatory art installation that challenges the function of the retail space as a site of fast fashion consumption by transforming it into an immersive workshop and creative hub for making, reusing and sharing.
Artist in residence Lito Apostolakou uses waste materials to create textile sculptures based on personal stories, memories and perceptions of identity. Drawing inspiration from visual, textual, and audio resources, she invites members of the public to join her in using recyclable materials and waste fabric to create imaginary garments.
‘Clothes You’ll Never Wear’ responds to the current precarious climate by transforming waste into visual expressions of identity and by reimagining the high street as a centre of creativity. Princes Arcade links the cultural hub of the neighbouring Royal Academy with the bespoke menswear retailers of Jermyn Street, with the project representing a conceptual and physical bridge between both.
You are invited to witness the collection of absurd garments develop and grow, learn about the stories that inspired the pieces or tune into personal memories.
Just pop in at 2-4 Princes Arcade to visit the installation, or join a workshop to recreate your own stories.
The project will be documented throughout, culminating in a catalogue to be shared with a wider audience while participants will be able to collect their creations at the end of the residency.
Digital contributions are also welcome: send your memories of a piece of clothing or share an image of a garment you made that responds to the 'Memory of Clothes' theme.
Social distancing measures apply and booking is recommended. Follow @clothesyoullneverwear or email.