SOUND TO WEAR: The Cabinet of Sonic Curiosities

A collection of thought- and body-provoking playthings for sounding and listening practices

Vidmina Stasiulytė, PhD in Artistic Research, Fashion Design

Can you listen to fashion?

Can you play fashion as music?



Fashion is primarily a visual ontology consisting of definitions, theories, and methods that are based on visual language. This exposition revises fashion by approaching it from a different perspective – the sonic – in which sound is considered a potential source for a new theory and facilitator of the evolution of new methods rather than a negative aspect. Sound is thus presented as the main idea-generator and not as a secondary quality of designed objects. The research opens new avenues for design thinking with the ears rather than the eyes, exploring fashion from the perspective of listening rather than seeing, sounding rather than showing. It is a way of rethinking and redefining fashion, departing from the statement that dress is sound.