Marie-Lena Niggemeier

MA Fashion


How can we make value and labour visible? What does the quality of garment construction signify? Meticulously unpicking worn work shirts then sewing them back together by hand is the method used in this project to question the value of time and labour in fashion and beyond. The project explores the different ways in which practices of hand stitching and tailoring might play a role in revaluing post-consumer garments while simultaneously using the work shirts as a frame to raise questions around perceptions of work in different contexts. Individual garments and their narratives become tools to open discussions about time, labour and how this is valued and measured. The collection of re-tailored hand stitched work shirts create a union of people telling stories about labour and how small interventions can begin to shift assumptions on value.