Fashion Fictions: student experiences of designing sustainable fashion worlds

Aspinall, M. and Twigger Holroyd, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-3403-3516, 2022. Fashion Fictions: student experiences of designing sustainable fashion worlds. In: Futurescan 5: Conscious Communities, University of Leeds, 07-08 September 2022.

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An international participatory project launched in 2020 aims to expand understandings of the possibilities for sustainable fashion by bringing people together to collaboratively outline and prototype alternative fashion worlds. As part of this initiative, affiliated activities have been introduced to the curricula of various design schools. The project offers an approach to sustainability in fashion design education that operates at a system, rather than product, level. The article examines project activities of differing durations at two institutions. Drawing on semi-structured interviews with students and tutors, it finds that participation expanded the students’ thinking about fashion, design and sustainability, generated a sense of possibility and agency, and prompted productive exploration beyond the immediate fashion context. However, some participants appeared to focus on sustainability solutions within the current system rather than questioning the status quo more deeply, indicating a need for more effective scaffolding of the speculative process.

Item Type: Conference contribution
Creators: Aspinall, M. and Twigger Holroyd, A.
Date: September 2022
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham School of Art & Design
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 09 Jun 2023 09:53
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2023 09:07

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