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Dress For Our Time

This exhibition ended on 4 September 2016

Wednesday 17 August – Sunday 4 September 2016
Antenna Gallery, Ground Floor, Wellcome Wing 

Dress For Our Time by social artist and designer Helen Storey brings the worlds of fashion and data together to create a unique installation that traces the global movement of people who have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict or persecution.

This one-of-a-kind dress has been made from a decommissioned UN refugee tent that once housed families in a refugee camp in Jordan. It was given to the project by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Dress For Our Time uses the very latest UNHCR data – which represents the movement of 8 million refugees around the world – to create an animation that is projected onto the dress. The data and the dress work together to highlight the number and location of displaced people around the globe, humanising the numbers by using a point of light for every one hundred human lives.

'Worldwide, one in every 113 people on the planet is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking shelter - that's 65.3 million people on the move globally. This project uses the power of fashion to help us connect to what was previously unimaginable, asking how we can all remain a humanitarian in a time of colossal and irreversible change.' – Helen Storey

Created by Professor Helen Storey MBE, RDI (London College of Fashion, UAL) in partnership with UNHCR and digital innovation agency Holition.

To find out more about Dress For Our Time and Helen Storey visit the Dress For Our Time website 

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Dress For Our Time

Fashion and data are used to explore refugee movement in this art installation by Helen Storey
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