Embracing mindfulness: enriching slow fashion for human and environmental wellbeing

Thompson, Hayley Alyce 2019, Embracing mindfulness: enriching slow fashion for human and environmental wellbeing, Masters by Research, Fashion and Textiles, RMIT University.


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Title Embracing mindfulness: enriching slow fashion for human and environmental wellbeing
Author(s) Thompson, Hayley Alyce
Year 2019
Abstract This research explores the slow fashion movement and its relationship to an emerging social trend for mindfulness. Slow fashion seems to embrace a concept at the heart of mindfulness practice: awareness. Mindfulness is a state of awareness that involves accepting a clear focus on present realities. The phenomenon of mindfulness is developing as a potential force for cultural change. The current predominant fashion system supports growth-focused, fast fashion, which has been destructive to the environment and human wellbeing. Existing scholarly discourse has identified the urgency of a significant cultural shift to alternate approaches, resulting in the emergence of a sustainable and ethical fashion space encompassing slow fashion. Here, slow fashion is considered through a new lens of mindfulness as a conceptual framework for both practices within a fashion context. It examines the possible integration of mindfulness and slow fashion, and the implications within the fashion system. The key research question is: Can a more holistic embrace of mindfulness practice enrich the slow fashion movement within the current fashion system? The research findings reveal that although slow fashion appears to embrace mindfulness, it is not as a conscious or holistic engagement involving the theory and practice of mindfulness. The thesis argues doing so would enable an enriched slow fashion approach within the current fashion system to address social and environmental issues resulting from fast fashion production and consumption. The thesis introduces the concept of 'collective mindfulness' and proposes its capacity to emerge through slow fashion to enhance outcomes for the environment and human wellbeing amongst the wider community.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Fashion and Textiles
Subjects Textile and Fashion Design
Keyword(s) slow fashion
mindfulness
the fashion system
collective mindfulness
fast fashion
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