Kerry is Dean of the School of Communication at the Royal College of Art.
Kerry Curtis’ visionary perspective stems from a combination of her extensive knowledge of both design and education practice. Kerry’s timely and innovative research, Dressing for Evacuation, considers clothing deemed essential during major disasters and re-evaluates the relationship to the ‘clothes on our back’ dressing for survival, and the value placed on personal possessions.
Through participatory scenarios Kerry’s research, Imagining Neutopia, fabricates and documents fictional events to further Climate Change discourse.
The most recent project Dressing for Evacuation focuses on and offers insight into the human emergency response of getting dressed and gathering a limited selection of possessions. Participants were asked to dress as if they had been alerted to an imminent large-scale evacuation, responses were recorded in a photoshoot and accompanying survey. The project culminated in a series of life size photographic portraits, shown as part of the Tentworks exhibition at the Feverish World Symposium, 2018 in Vermont, USA, and the Fashion and Textiles FutureScan 4 Conference at the University of Bolton, UK in 2019.
Achieving post pandemic relevance, Dressing for Evacuation offers insights into our potential responses to a major disaster, shedding light on what clothes and objects we might deem essential, and suggesting an imminent re-evaluation of our relationship to the ‘clothes on our back’ and dressing for survival.