Additional Thing // SS 2013 // Hauptstudium

Fashion accessory, Wikipedia;
A fashion accessory is an item which is used to contribute, in a secondary manner, to the wearer’s outfit. The term came into use in the 19th century. Accessories are often used to complete an outfit and are chosen to specifically complement the wearer’s look.[1]

Accessory, Mac Dictionary;
accessory |akˈses(ə)rē| (also accessary ) noun ( pl. accessories )
– a thing that can be added to something else in order to make it more useful, versatile, or attractive.
– a small article or item of clothing carried or worn to complement a garment or outfit
– law someone who gives assistance to the perpetrator of a crime.

adjective [ attrib. ] chiefly technical
– contributing to or aiding an activity or process in a minor way

attachment, extra, addition, add-on, adjunct, appendage, appurtenance, fitment, supplement, adornment, embellishment, ornament, ornamentation, decoration; frills, trimmings.

But really is that all there is to an accessory?
This project aims to explore what accessories can do beyond just complementing an outfit. Accessories are part of customs and rituals, and become, through their use, objects or tools to perform and express with.
Accessories serve as expressions of the spirit of times and reflect societal changes. Sometimes accessories even become symbols for sociopolitical movements. The main aim is to understand and expand on what an accessory can be and can mean.
Specific areas of interest are accessories as objects that deals with and communicates about: historic fashion moment / fashion codes, societal change and identity.

Chic ladies used their fans in the 19th Century to keep themselves cool during a sultry evening at the opera, but the same fan was also an attribute in seducing and impressing men. What mattered was how you looked up from behind the fan, how quickly and agitatedly you were able to wave it. They were all codes in love-play.”
José Teunissen, Fashion & Accessories, Artez Press, 2008, p.13

Lehrende: Prof. Marloes ten Bhömer // KM Franziska Schreiber

Studierende: Aarati Akkapeddi // Adele von Bülow // Annika Burmeester // Jessie English // Frieda Femfert // Lena Frank // Geraldine Legin // Lisa Mann // Anna Michaelis // Anna Phebey



// Designtranfser Gallery
// wild, connected, printed & additional THINGS
// 28 May to 20 July 2014