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Mining Couture

ISBN: 9781907317927
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 143
Published: 22 January 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 18.42 x 1.91
Mining Couture explores the relationship between coal mining history and fashion. The book delves into the notion of common wear, records diverse narratives of fashion and labour, and focuses on the social context where the seemingly unrelated realms of mining and fashion converge. Mining Couture emerges from Barber Swindells' commission at the Leicester County Council Snibston Discovery Museum, UK, as part of the Transform regeneration programme. This volume is intended as an integral element of Barber Swindells' exploration of the theme of common wear. It illustrates and extends the work developed through their commission rather than document it rigidly - its aim being to present an open-ended process. A visual dialogue is developed between mining and fashion environmentalism through the juxtaposition of evocative photography, inviting the reader to take an active part in making links and shifting boundaries between these two realms. The book includes an interview with 1972 National Coal Queen Margaret Dominiak and contributions from textile artists and curators, exploring diverse themes: from the responsibility of making art in a social context, to the legacy of coal mining in contemporary f...

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