Launch JOIN Collective Clothes Manual

During this launch of the JOIN Collective Clothes Manual at San Serriffe bookstore*,* Anouk Beckers, Beau Bertens, Danielle Bruggeman and Eduardo Leon will have a conversation about making clothes collectively, modularity and ownership/ego in fashion.

The fashion industry focuses mostly on designer status, brand identity, commodities as magical results of invisible processes and an adoration of values such as originality and ‘the new’. And although it is often perceived as something that is not for everyone, fashion surely is a collective practice. By making and wearing clothes together, the design and research project JOIN Collective Clothes proposes fashion as a collective practice.

Initiator Anouk Beckers on JOIN Collective Clothes: “What if we open up the fashion system and explore it as a non-fixed entity, a system where people can playfully join in, where everyone is invited to create fashion together?”

The base of JOIN Collective Clothes is a modular clothing system that consists of four different shapes which can be combined into a full outfit (a sleeve, a top, a trouser leg and a part of a skirt). An easy-to-use open source manual invites people to get started in designing and making the pieces themselves. This manual can be downloaded at and from the Warehouse webshop. The pieces made by various makers from all over the world form an ever-growing collection that can be seen on the JOIN Collective Clothes website.

This launch of the open-source manual, designed by Beau Bertens, marks the start of the project and is followed by a series of workshops and designer commissions. Everyone is invited to join one of the 4-hour workshops to design and make a garment-piece. At the end of the workshop, the results from the participants are joined into one complete outfit. The process is playful, but at the same time it critically questions the characteristics of the fashion system exploring ownership, identity, (intellectual) property, production methods, alienation, mystification and value creation in fashion together.

JOIN Collective Clothes is an initiative by Anouk Beckers in collaboration with graphic designer and art director Beau Bertens.