The HKDI Fashion Archive at Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) was established in 2010 to support the use of real fashion products as teaching and learning tools. The Fashion Archive was renovated in September 2017, boasting a newly-renovated 360 sq. m space that houses around 1,500 historical fashion items. Visitors can now access the iconoclastic fashion items to understand the design, culture and history behind via the interactive platform made available by the HKDI Fashion Archive.
The Fashion Archive aims to become the backbone of a âFashion and Consumer Culture Research Centreâ where the use of real fashion products as teaching and learning tools will be applied in fashion design education. Through the wide-ranging real-life fashion resources available and the application of modern interactive technology, users will be provided immersive experiences in aesthetic and analytical appreciation, linear historical evidence, and understanding of garment forms and construction.
The Fashion Archive at Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) was first opened in 2010 to support the use of real fashion products as teaching and learning tool.
As the biggest tertiary institution in Fashion and Design education in Hong Kong, HKDI is at a vantage position for a consortium of pedagogical and related resources to initiate and lead; hopefully inspiring more engagement in academic and applied studies in the areas of fashion and consumer culture.
Hence in September 2017, after embarking on a major expansion in terms of space and fashion resources, the Fashion Archive was reopened in a newly renovated 360 sq m space that houses over 1000 fashion items; from historical/ ethnical costume to contemporary designersâ branded clothing, spanning across signature fashion pieces, stage & period costumes, millinery, shoes and bags, and fashion jewelleries.
A new state-of-the-art storage system allows for rotary, vertical and horizontal storage, where contents are also archived as digital record and information to be shared with users on the Archive website. A new interactive platform has been added to engage a wider online community to have access to fashion design, fashion culture and history through the provision of resourceful iconoclastic fashion items;
It is envisioned that the Fashion Archive will become the backbone of developing a âFashion and Consumer Culture Research Centreâ with an aim to nurture design intelligence, as well as to support applied research projects in the area of fashion and consumer culture, fashion subcultural studies, oriental and western fashion studies, with key deliverables such as research publications, websites, newsletters, video and interviews.
The use of real fashion products as teaching and learning tool has been considered to be highly effective in fashion design education, in terms of aesthetic and analytical appreciation, linear historical evidence, and understanding of garment forms and construction, by interactive touch and feel. Through the wide-ranging real-life fashion resources available and the application of interactive technology, the Fashion Archive will serve as one of the Centres of Excellence at HKDI, attracting thousands of visitors, including students, alumni, designers and the practitioners from industry who are interested in fostering fashion research and industry projects, as well as the general public at large.
The HKDI Fashion Archive is a valuable platform projecting HKDI as a dedicated and committed institution in the excellence of fashion design education and research as well as a leader in fashion education in the Asia region.