The power of a single prototype : sustainable fashion textile design and the prevention of carcinogenic melanoma

Farrer, Joan & Finn, Angela L. (2009) The power of a single prototype : sustainable fashion textile design and the prevention of carcinogenic melanoma. In Bartolo , Paulo Jorge da Silva, Jorge , Mateus Artur, Batista , Fernando da Conceicao, Almeida , Henrique Amorim, Matias , Joao Manuel, Vasco , Joel Correia, et al. (Eds.) Innovative Developments in Design and Manufacturing : Advanced Research in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping. Taylor & Francis Ltd, Boca Raton; London.

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Is there a role for prototyping (sketching, pattern making and sampling) in addressing real world problems of sustainability (People, Profit, and Planet), in this case social/healthcare issues, through fashion and textiles research? Skin cancer and related illnesses are a major cause of disfigurement and death in New Zealand and Australia where the rates of Melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer, are four times higher than in the Northern Hemisphere regions of USA, UK and Canada (IARC, 1992). In 2007, AUT University (Auckland University of Technology) Fashion Department and the Health Promotion Department of Cancer Society - Auckland Division (CSA) developed a prototype hat aimed at exploring a barrier type solution to prevent facial and neck skin damage. This is a paradigm shift from the usual medical research model. This paper provides an overview of the project and examines how a fashion prototype has been used to communicate emergent social, environmental, personal, physiological and technological concerns to the trans-disciplinary research team. The authors consider how the design of a product can enhance and support sustainable design practice while contributing a potential solution to an ongoing health issue. Analysis of this case study provides an insight into prototyping in fashion and textiles design, user engagement and the importance of requirements analysis in relation to sustainable development. The analysis and a successful outcome of the final prototype have provided a gateway to future collaborative research and product development.

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ID Code: 32542
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Published as the proceedings of VR@P4, Oct. 2009, Leiria, Portugal
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Keywords: Fashion Design, Sustainability, Prototyping, Skin Cancer, Wellbeing
ISBN: 9780415873079
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING (091000) > Textile Technology (091012)
Divisions: Past > Disciplines > Fashion
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Deposited On: 15 Aug 2010 21:34
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2016 16:04

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