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Fashion manufacturing in New Zealand : can design contribute to a sustainable fashion Industry?

Finn, Angela L. (2008) Fashion manufacturing in New Zealand : can design contribute to a sustainable fashion Industry? Other thesis, Auckland University of Technology.

Abstract

In the late 1990s New Zealand fashion gained some international recognition for its dark edginess and intellectual connection due to its colonial past (Molloy, 2004). In the years since, this momentum seems to have dissipated as local fashion companies have followed a global trend towards inexpensive off shore manufacturing. The transfer of the making of garments to overseas workers appears to have resulted in a local fashion scene where many garments look the same in style, colour, cut and fit. The excitement of the past, where the majority of fashion designers established their own individuality through the cut and shape of the garments that they produced, may have been inadvertently lost. Consequently a sustainable New Zealand fashion and manufacturing industry, with design integrity, seems further out of reach. The first question posed by this research project is, ‘can the design and manufacture of a fashion garment, bearing in mind certain economic and practical restrictions at its inception, result in the development of a distinctive ‘look’ or ‘handwriting’?’ Second, through development of a collection of prototypes, can potential garments be created to be sustainably manufactured in New Zealand?

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ID Code: 31512
Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Keywords: Fashion Design, Fashion Manufacturing, Sustainability, Distinct look, New Zealand, Action Research
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Textile and Fashion Design (120306)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Auckland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Angela L. Finn
Copyright Statement: The designer asserts the intellectual and moral copyright of the garment designs that comprise the creative content of this dissertation. All rights of the owner of the created work are reserved. The designs contained in all their formats are protected by copyright. Any manner of exhibition and any diffusion, copying, or resetting, constitutes an infringement of copyright unless previously written consent of the copyright owner thereto has been obtained.
Deposited On: 26 Mar 2010 08:29
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2010 00:25

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