Fashion Design for Living

Fashion Design for Living

(Routledge 2015)

Fashion Design for Living explores the positive contribution that the contemporary fashion designer can make within society. The book seeks to reveal new ways of designing and making fashion garments and products that not only enhance and enrich our lives, but also are mindful of social and sustainable issues. The practitioners and researchers that have contributed to this book share different perspectives on how fashion design can support individual and social enhancement. These accounts foreground approaches to fashion design that focus on users, lived experiences, actual and everyday problems or scenarios, which traditionally have remained unfamiliar or aside from the fashion design process applied in industry or in the educational fashion design studio. Fashion Design for Living champion’s new approaches to fashion practice by uncovering a rich and diverse set of views and reflective experiences, which explore the changing role of the fashion designer and inspire fresh, innovative and creative responses to fashion and the world we live in.

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A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion

A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion

(Fairchild 2014)

A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion foregrounds the relationship between lifecycle thinking and sustainable design strategies in a new model for fashion design practice. Drawing on examples from both well-known fashion brands, companies, and innovative, emerging designers, the book explores a variety of ways in which designers can bring sustainability into the fashion design process, from focusing on designing garments for disassembly and recycling at the point of disposal, to garments that are developed to be energy efficient during the use phase. While new approaches to designing and producing garments are presented, the book also challenges the fashion industry to move away from a system that relies solely on achieving economic success from the manufacture of products, to considering a model of practice that incorporates, for example, product service combinations including leasing, repair and alteration services, and take-back schemes. Available in hardback, paperback, and eBook formats in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

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Shaping Sustainable Fashion

Shaping Sustainable Fashion: Changing the Way we Make and Use Clothes

(eds. A Gwilt and T Rissanen) (Earthscan 2011)

This book explores the issue of fashion, sustainability and specifically the way in which fashion clothing is produced, used and discarded. As fashion and textile designers become aware of the environmental impacts associated with clothing this book explores a range of sustainable strategies that can be used to reduce and avoid textile waste.

Based upon a lifecycle approach, from a design perspective, the book is divided into four sections: Source; Make; Use; Last. Illustrated throughout with case studies of best practice from international designers and fashion labels and written in a practical, accessible style, this is a must-have text for fashion and textile researchers, designers and students.

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Fragments

Fragments: methodologies of making fashion

Clifton-Cunningham.A, and Gwilt. A (eds) (2008), DAB docs 7, Sydney

 

Publications and talks

I have been invited to give keynote lectures, talks and workshops on fashion and sustainability by organisations and institutes including Eindhoven University of Technology (NL); Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Art (CH); University of Exeter (UK); Massey University (NZ); Redress Asia (China); Art Gallery of NSW (Aus). I have also published book chapters, journal articles and papers in international publications and conferences including the Research Journal of Textiles and Apparel, (HK); Fashion: The Whole Story (Thames & Hudson); Making Futures journal (UK); MISTRA project (UK/Sweden); Fashion & wellbeing conference, IFFTI/LCF (UK). I am a peer reviewer for book publishers, journals and conference committees including: the Design Journal; Fashion Practice: the Journal of Design, Creative Process and the Fashion Industry; Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education; Textiles and Clothing Sustainability journal; Fairchild books; Shapeshifting conference (NZ); PLATE conference (UK).