2020: Fashion as World Building

"World building is a revolutionary act, a bit of spell casting to invoke a dream into blooming. In a time of collective unveiling, we explore how fashion dovetails with world building as the expression of our unseen self. The ways and means that produce the aesthetics of a new world are bound to everything from economic structures to indigenous sovereignty to beauty standards. As we experiment with aesthetics and fashion, we refine our collective vision for a new world." Kimmothy Cole, IFS ATX artist leader & participant 2017-2020

World building, often associated with science fiction writing, video game creation or role playing games, is all about constructing the details of imaginary worlds. For IMMEDIATE Fashion School 2020 we'll daydream and create worlds together that reflect everything we wish the world to be in real life in 2020 and examine how these worlds express in what we put on our bodies and how we appear to one another. Join us as we play with creating fantastic arrangements of everything from politics, power structures and culture to bodily and sensory experiences, communication styles and social relationships. 

Summer Reading & Discussion 

Due to COVID-19 we are experimenting with taking our work online and will start with a reading & discussion session about the book Ideas Arrangements Effects: Systems Design and Social Justice by Design Studio for Social Intervention

(POSTPONED! New date & time TBA!)


“Ideas are embedded in social arrangements, which in turn produce effects. With this simple premise, DS4SI makes the case for arrangements as a rich and overlooked terrain for social justice and world building. Unpacking how ideas like racism and sexism remain sturdy by embedding themselves in everything from physical and social infrastructure to everyday speech and thought habits, this book gives readers the tools to sense, intervene in and imagine new arrangements. Using diverse examples from their work and others, DS4SI offers readers a roadmap for using social interventions to invite the larger public into imagining and creating a more just and vibrant world.”

Together on ZOOM, we'll discuss the main ideas in the book, talk about how they relate to worlds of fashion & dress and do some playful & creative activities together. The session will be recorded and archived for future learning.

All events for the 2020 season are free! However, if you are able, we are asking participants to donate $5 or more to community organizations.  For this event, we are directing donations to The Navajo Nation COVID-19 Relief Fund. In addition, the artists leading this event have agreed to donate their stipends ($125 each) to this organization. Thank *you* for donating!

Access the book for free

This event is funded in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

Lead an event for IMMEDIATE Fashion School 2020 

We are seeking artists and leaders to guide the IMMEDIATE Fashion School community in the exploration of our 2020 theme through reading & discussion nights, skill-share workshops, collaborative art projects and talks. If interested, please check out this form.

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