Professor Helen’s Storey’s Dress For Our Time is on the move again, making its way to the Science Museum London. The dress will be there from mid-August until the beginning of September, and its latest manifestation will include a projection bringing statistics and fashion together, to highlight global migration, one of the world’s most pressing issues.
Using innovative technology, the latest data and Helen’s unique voice in fashion, Dress For Our Time will continue to delve into the complex matter of human displacement, in a pioneering endeavour to change the social narrative of this complex topic.
Information from the UNHCR will be used to visualise the refugee crisis and demonstrate its true human element, through a striking animation that will be projected onto the dress using data visualisation developed by award-winning creative agency Holition.
Worldwide, one in every 113 people on the planet is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking shelter – but numbers means nothing, if they don’t affect your own heart. This project uses the power of fashion to help us connect to the previously unimaginable and asks how each and every one of us can remain a humanitarian in such a time of colossal and irreversible change – Helen Storey, Professor of Fashion and Science at London College of Fashion, UAL
The animation is formed of points of light, each representing one hundred human lives and creatively illustrates the journey each one takes in search of a better life. The lights flow from six points, depicting the continents where the refugees have moved from, before populating the countries in which they find shelter. The image that emerges is not a world map of countries but a map of human migration.
Dress for Our Time harnesses the appeal of fashion with the power of data-visualisation to communicate complex issues and stimulate debate about society and the effect of migration – Jonathan Chippindale, CEO Holition
The installation opens Wednesday 17 August and will run alongside the Science Museum’s Our Lives In Data exhibition, which opens today, Friday 15 July and investigates the rapidly evolving role of big data in all our lives and how it is being used to transform the world around us.
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