ABOUT IMMEDIATE FASHION SCHOOL
IMMEDIATE Fashion School is a rolling collective of artists and creatives working in a variety of media who aim to playfully challenge dominant systems of fashion through study, art and performance. Our work is not a rejection of fashion or the fashion industry per se, but an effort toward knowing fashion as more than just a commodity and ultimately contributing to a more equitable and empowering fashion. The dominant exchanges in fashion are centered around industry and commerce. IMMEDIATE Fashion School strives to give energy & attention to other types of exchanges in fashion - the ones between people. Our definition of fashion expands outward to include not just clothing and dress, but the unique nowness of appearing & being with others. Our philosophy is that fashion touches everyone: we all wear clothes. We believe this basic fact gives every citizen a place in the matrix of fashion, and entitles us to ask and answer questions about fashion.
Each season we hold critical theory reading & discussion sessions, skill-share workshops, collaborative art-making sessions, lectures and exhibitions. Every new season welcomes new members into the collective and each member is considered both a teacher and a student during our workshops. Part of the thinking behind IMMEDIATE Fashion School is about creating a space where critical ideas can be exchanged among everyday citizens, rather than limiting discourse to academic institutions or circles; embracing a spirit of co-investigation. Our structure invites improvisation, and is purposefully flexible to allow space for participants to shape the direction of our work.
The goals of IMMEDIATE Fashion School are to PLAY with togetherness in fashion, create community, ask questions, have conversations, make art, share skills, empower individual citizens and create the future. Our success depends upon representation from a multiplicity of perspectives and voices, and we seek to include creative people who are passionate about our goals and who want to contribute - regardless of race, nationality, sexual orientation, gender, age, income level, ability or background. IMMEDIATE Fashion School strives to live and lead as a feminist and anti-racist collective, and seeks to open serious yet playful spaces where defaults can be challenged and assumptions can be tested through critique, discussion, creativity and togetherness.
Critical Fashion Theory Reading & Discussion Groups:
During these get-togethers participants engage with a range of readings, theories & media related to fashion history & culture, as well as multi-disciplinary topics related to each season’s specific theme. The ultimate goal is to generate a space for participants to play within the complex forces of fashion and to develop emergent concepts of what fashion can be other than as a thing to buy or sell. These discussions are facilitated collaboratively by participants who each lead discussions and contribute to the flow of learning. Participants contribute writings or related visual content to collaborative group zines.
Skill Share Workshops:
These workshops train participants in hands-on sewing & art-making techniques. Topics covered can range from general skills like alterations or zipper applications to more project-based skills like making a specific quality garment or clothing pattern; skill-shares can also include multi-disciplinary art topics like screen-printing, sculpture or performance. The purpose of these demonstrations is to empower participants with DIY skills and range. Participants can propose their own skill share workshops to teach.
Collaborative Making Sessions:
These sessions bring participants together to work on group art projects. The projects are meant to incorporate interdisciplinary practices into ideas of fashion. Art projects can include elements of costume, music, performance, video, words, sculpture, painting, theater, dance, craft, puppetry, technology, etc. Projects vary from season to season; the concepts are drawn directly from our discussion groups and are developed in an improvisational manner within each season. The completed projects are presented to the public at the end of each season.
Each season guest speakers engage with our collective on fashion topics relevant to our mission. The guest speakers come from a variety of backgrounds including artists, designers, thinkers, professors, authors, etc. Participants can propose to present a lecture of their own and/or make suggestions for other guest speakers.
At the end of each season we have an exhibition & party to share our work with the greater community. The format of these exhibitions vary from season to season.
Seattle, WA - Fall 2019