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Brief Published: 2 Aug 2016

Dress For Our Time: Exploring Global Migration

Dress For Our Time. Imagery by Holition

Dress For Our Time is a unique installation by award-winning British artist, designer and London College of Fashion professor Helen Storey, bringing together statistics and fashion to engage with the world’s most pressing issues.

The dress – constructed from a decommissioned refugee tent – harnesses the power of collaboration by combining technology from London-based creative agency Holition with data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). It will digitally display data highlighting the complex topical matter of human displacement, with a view to changing its social narrative.

Statistical information about the refugee crisis will be visually communicated through a sophisticated animated light system projected onto the dress. With each light representing 100 human lives, a map of human migration will unfold, illustrating the journeys refugees take in search of a better life. The UNHCR has logged a record 65.3 million people currently displaced worldwide, and 21.3 million refugees.

This is the latest incarnation of what is described as the world’s first digital couture dress, which initially explored issues of climate change while installed at London’s St. Pancras train station in November 2015.

A free exhibit, Dress For Our Time opens on August 17 at the Science Museum in London, and will run alongside the museum’s Our Lives in Data exhibition, which investigates the rapidly evolving role of big data and how it’s transforming the world around us.

The themes of integrity, accountability and pro-social behaviour are explored further in Hospitality With Heart. For more on sustainable solutions, see Sustainable Wardrobes and our Sustainable Futures Innovation Platform.