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Needs-Based Clothing by Silke Hofmann

The project

Silke Hofmann is rethinking the conventional post-mastectomy bra on a structural level to co-create a wearer centric, modular and customisable bra alternative supporting women’s individual needs after breast cancer. In her design practice, she is interested in the wearer-garment relationship and in conceptualising garment development processes that advocate consumer participation and co-creation. She believes collaborative clothing developments produce more inclusive and need-specific designs that bear the potential to fill neglected gaps in underserved individuals clothing needs. Her design research is situated in the female health spectrum and focuses on aesthetic and ergonomic bra needs of females affected by breast cancer after mastectomy.

The artists

Silke Hofmann is a clothing design researcher and fashion designer with a well-rounded background in the international prêt-à-porter fashion industry. She studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Central Saint Martins College of Art. Currently, she is completing a PhD in the School of Design at the Royal College of Art. In her design practice, she is interested in the wearer-garment relationship and in conceptualizing garment development processes that advocate consumer participation and co-creation.

In her design practice, she is interested in the wearer-garment relationship and in conceptualising garment development processes that advocate consumer participation and co-creation. She believes collaborative clothing developments produce more inclusive and need-specific designs that bear the potential to fill neglected gaps in underserved individuals clothing needs. Her design research is situated in the female health spectrum and focuses on aesthetic and ergonomic bra needs of females affected by breast cancer after mastectomy.

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Silke Hofmann - Photo Credit_Falk von der Beck

The partners

  • Profactor
  • UFG Linz
  • EMPA

The work