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Full circle : the future of sustainable fashion manufacturing in New Zealand

Farrer, Joan & Finn, Angela L. (2009) Full circle : the future of sustainable fashion manufacturing in New Zealand. In International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI) 2009 : Fashion and Wellbeing. The Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design (CLTAD), London, pp. 342-352.

Abstract

Many fashion businesses in New Zealand have followed a global trend towards inexpensive off shore manufacturing. The transfer of the production of garments to overseas workers has had consequences for the wellbeing of local businesses, fashion designers and garment makers. The gradual decline of fashion manufacturing also appears to have resulted in a local fashion scene where many garments look the same in style, colour, fabric, 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 in an effort to take advantage of cost savings achieved through mass production and manufacturing methods which are now largely unavailable in New Zealand. Consequently, a sustainable local fashion and manufacturing industry, with design integrity, seems further out of reach. This paper is focussed upon the thesis that the design and manufacture of a fashion garment, bearing in mind certain economic and practical restrictions at its inception, can contribute to a more sustainable fashion manufacturing industry in New Zealand.

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ID Code: 40650
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: This paper was co-authored with Dr Joan Farrer and extends the work of Finn's honours dissertation entitled: Fashion Manufacturing in New Zealand: Can design contribute to a more sustainable fashion industry? which is also available through QUT eprints (http://eprints.qut.edu.au)
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Keywords: fashion, design, manufacturing, sustainability, education
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING (091000) > Textile Technology (091012)
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)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design Practice and Management not elsewhere classified (120399)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY (150100) > Sustainability Accounting and Reporting (150106)
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Angela Finn and Joan Farrer
Deposited On: 14 Mar 2011 08:42
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 00:03

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