Material Memories

restaging the eCHO project

13 July - 22 August 2010

eCHO was a collaborative research project encompassing various disciplines and locations, grounded in practice and led by QUT fashion.
Orchestrated by Suzi Vaughan in 2003, eCHO was borne out of a donation from the National Trust containing a large number of historical garments dating from the last century. Regarded by fashion and textiles conservators as in a serious state of degradation, and removed from their histories and origins, the garments provided a unique opportunity for contemporary practitioners and researchers.
The pieces were dispersed among a number of international collaborators, including: Easton Pearson; Akira Isogawa; Toni Maticevski; Country Road; Susan Dimasi; Daniel Lightfoot; staff and students from QUT, Brisbane; RMIT, Melbourne; London College of Fashion, UK; and Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand. Each designer created a new piece, either by re-working the existing garment, or by taking inspiration from the original to create a new material translation.
eCHO was staged seven years ago in a performance and brief exhibition held at Old Government House as part of an international conference of fashion led by the University of Queensland. The current exhibition allows these pieces to be viewed again in an installation that invites contemplation and reflection of both the past and future of these garments.

Curated by Nadia Buick
Presented by QUT Art Museum

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