Wear, repair and remake: the evolution of fashion practice by design

Cramer, J 2014, 'Wear, repair and remake: the evolution of fashion practice by design', in Frances Joseph, Mandy Smith, Miranda Smitheram and Jan Hamon (ed.) Shapeshifting: A Conference on Transformative Paradigms of Fashion and Textile Design, Auckland, New Zealand, 14-16 April 2014, pp. 1-18.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Wear, repair and remake: the evolution of fashion practice by design
Author(s) Cramer, J
Year 2014
Conference name Shapeshifting: A Conference on Transformative Paradigms of Fashion and Textile Design
Conference location Auckland, New Zealand
Conference dates 14-16 April 2014
Proceedings title Shapeshifting: A Conference on Transformative Paradigms of Fashion and Textile Design
Editor(s) Frances Joseph, Mandy Smith, Miranda Smitheram and Jan Hamon
Publisher Textile and Design Lab and Colab at Auckland University of Technology
Place of publication Auckland, New Zealand
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Abstract Through my postgraduate, fashion practice-based research project, The Living Wardrobe, I have become increasingly interested in garment design that specifically facilitates future alteration and modification. There is potential for such a simple design approach to encourage habits of reduced consumption when garments are kept in use by adapting to wearers' changing needs. Once a common provision in garments, the capacity for alteration is largely missing from contemporary women's wear. The economies of mass production reduce seam allowances to the minimum required for assembly, while complex industrial construction methods deter intervention. At the same time, the practical skills of repair and alteration are rarely learnt anymore. So passive has fashion consumption become and so disposable are the products that a dropped hem, ripped seam or missing button usually consigns a garment to the (charity) bin and justifies another trip to the boutiques. In an attempt to disrupt this cycle, my research looks at design strategies with the potential to re-engage the wearer in habits of wear, repair and remake. Designing garments with the adaptability required for prolonged, active use enables garments to better keep up with the times, changing style (not merely fit) over time. This approach to product longevity considers the use of the garment across multiple lifetimes, acknowledging that a garment may have several sequential owners. Through a discussion of recently developed garment prototypes, this paper will outline the challenges I have encountered in designing garments to actively engage consumers in this cycle of wear, repair and remake.
Subjects Textile and Fashion Design
Keyword(s) Modification
Alteration
Sustainability
Consumption
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