The superfluous and the ephemeral: consumerism, globalisation and future fashion systems
Smitheram, Miranda Joy
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This practice–led research project engages theories and precedents contextualising the consumption of contemporary clothing, interpreted through a lens of material culture. Themes such as globalisation, hybridity, consumption and sustainability are identified and considered in terms of the ways they have contributed to our relationship to clothing. Theories are further explored through the development of original methods of visual mapping and the creation of symbolic artefacts that offer a response and interpretation of conceptual perspectives on this changing situation. Designerly processes and fashion industry methods are employed in order to explore how artefacts created through practice-led design research can communicate and contribute to a new and sustainable fashion future.