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Course Description

One of the biggest challenges for addressing the unsustainability of the clothing industry hinges on consumers' perception of fashion. Garments are viewed in a linear manner, as something we create, use, and waste. The high turnover of clothing in our society indicates that many people are not satisfied with their fashion experience, and do not have a positive and empowering relationship with their clothing. It is clear that we need to learn to value clothing and activate conscious consumption. This course seeks to enrich fashion users’ /wearers' relationship with their clothes. Its aim is to create a fashion system that has real plurality, heterogeneity and that encourages user autonomy. Informed by knowledge both inside and outside of design, such as social science, and the humanities, everyday life discourse, and indigenous knowledge in order to gain a deeper understanding of how to design for change in complex systems. This course aims to foster the potential use of fashion in our everyday lives. It asks can fashion designers formalize and scale systems and services to improve the human-product relationship and ensure on-going satisfaction, enjoyment, and wellbeing for the user?

Course Length - Online 6 weeks

Learner Outcomes

  • Have an understanding of the principles and methods of conscious consumption, to be applied into a given project for sustainability in action
  • Be able to creatively problem-solve and translate research into a design concept
  • Demonstrate the ability to contextualize work in relation to specific users/wearers that opens spaces for discussion about alternative futures for fashion.
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