Photograph courtesy of Platon (1994) to mark 10 years in fashion. Helen Storey’s Kensington and Chelsea Bin Bag Ball Skirt, from Present Times Collection Autumn/Winter 1993
Photograph courtesy of Platon (1994) to mark 10 years in fashion. Helen Storey’s Kensington and Chelsea Bin Bag Ball Skirt, from Present Times Collection Autumn/Winter 1993

Life on the
outskirts

About the project

Presented by Helen Storey Foundation, University of Leeds and Manchester Metropolitan University, Life on the Outskirts is an AHRC-funded project about finding fresh creativity by revisiting past practice.

Over more than 30 years as a practitioner, Helen Storey has produced innovative, surprising, indispensable, beguiling, beautiful, and arresting creative responses to innumerable briefs and issues across fashion, society, art, and the environment. Her archive stands as case study and inspiration for this project, highlighting a pathway through the creative opportunities that archives can offer.

This website features:

  • A sample selection from the archive of Helen Storey Foundation highlighting key pathways through the material
  • A journal of project findings, student interactions with the archive and other gathered responses
  • Details of events where you can get involved with the project

 

Project team:

Abigail Balkitis, University of Leeds
Caroline Coates, Helen Storey Foundation
Robert Knifton, University of Leeds
Alison Slater, Manchester Metropolitan University
Helen Storey, Helen Storey Foundation

To contact us, email: lotohsf@gmail.com

 

Links:

www.helenstoreyfoundation.org

www.dress4ourtime.org

www.primitive-streak.org

www.catalytic-clothing.org

Archive

Choose a themed pathway through a selection from the digital archive of Helen Storey Foundation.

Inspiration

‘No Stitches Wedding Dress’, 1981, for BA Fashion, Kingston Polytechnic (Illustration by Helen Storey)

Frustration

‘Crin Dress’ from Rage, 1991 (Photo by Ezzidin Alwan for HSF & Kingston University)

Memory

‘Front and No Back Dress’ from Edith’s Sister Collection, AW 1995 (Photo courtesy of British Vogue, 1995)

Evolution

“‘Closing Neural Tube Dress’ from Primitive Streak, Helen and Kate Storey, 1997 (Photo by Justine, modelled by Korinna at Models 1)

Mobilisation

The disappearing 'Opera Coat' from Wonderland, 2007 (Photo by Nick Knight; modelled by Alice Dellal at Select)

Collaboration

Erin O’Connor wearing the air purifying ‘Herself dress’ in Catalytic Clothing (2011, dir. Adam Mufti)

Society

Dress For Our Time at St Pancras International, 2015 (Photo by David Betteridge; modelled by Louise)

Dress For Our Time: at St Pancras International, 2015 (Photo by David Betteridge; modelled by Louise))

Resilience

Work in Progress, Summer 2017 (Photo by Helen Storey); details to be announced in Spring 2018.

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Journal

Click on any box to uncover creative responses to the archive from students, members of the public and project participants.

Mary Wells, BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Leeds

Susan Wright, Leeds

Matilda Eckersley, 3rd Year, BA (Hons) Fine Art

Primitive Streak is the aspect of the [HSF] archive that I have decided to focus…

Hattie Thomas, 2nd Year, BA (Hons) Fine Art (MMU)

A reflection on LOTO in Manchester

Today I had the pleasure of taking part in the Helen Storey Foundation project, ‘Life on…

Helen Storey Story Board, Warren Reilly, 2nd Year, BA (Hons) Textiles in Practice

  “Helen Storey and “Life on the Outskirts” has given me the chance to…

Natalie Goodall, 2nd Year, BA (Hons) Textiles in Practice (MMU)

Amanda Shropshire, 2nd Year, BA (Hons) Textiles in Practice (MMU)

Lizzie Rees Gara, 3rd Year, BA (Hons) Graphic Design (MMU)

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Events

Find out more about workshops, symposia, exhibitions and other events by the LOTO team – and get involved! #lifeontheoutskirts

Symposium

Life on the Outskirts is an AHRC-funded project established by the University of Leeds,…

Life on the Outskirts: Kingston Workshop

The third workshop of the ‘Life on the Outskirts’ project, will continue to explore…

Life on the Outskirts: Leeds Workshop

As part of the AHRC-funded ‘Life on the Outskirts’ project, this workshop will continue…

Dress For Our Time: at St Pancras International, 2015 (Photo by David Betteridge; modelled by Louise))

Life on the Outskirts: Manchester Workshop

The ‘Life on the Outskirts’ project workshops are primarily aimed at students (undergraduate and…

Helen Storey’s ‘Catalytic Clothing’, Herself (Photo by Ezzidin Alwan for HSF & Kingston University)
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