On Teaching: The Socio-economic Impact of Clothing

“Fashion matters. To the economy, to society and to each of us personally. Faster than anything else, what we wear tells the story of who we are- or who we want to be. Fashion is the most immediate intimate form of self-expression.” Frances Corner, Author of Why Fashion Matters (2014). Photo courtesy of The Women’s Room Blog This week I had a student’s parent ask …

On Teaching: SXStyle and Sustainability

This year I had the opportunity to attend South by Southwest SXStyle Convention. It was a whirlwind few days! I crisscrossed all over downtown Austin from official to unofficial events (and of course stopped at a few fabulous places to eat!). I spent several days mapping out what panels and presentations I wanted to see and was rarely disappointed in the content or credentials of …

On Teaching: Sustainability

I would like to start this post by posing a question; with manufacturing processes changing very little since the industrial revolution, is it realistic to teach students sustainable practices when, in reality, they may end up working within traditional manufacturing or product development? A faculty member in my department recently recommended I watch a movie, True Cost, which discusses the environmental problems created by traditional …

On Teaching: Integrating Wearable Tech into Fashion Curriculum

In 2009, Sabine Seymour, the CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Moondial, described fashion technology as “…the intersection of design, fashion, science and technology” (Seymour, 2009). With the continual advances in this area, it does not appear fashion technology is not going away. Clothing has incorporated electronic fibers and nanotechnology. Several wearable-tech accessories have been marketed, tested and are still being developed (Tortora, 2015). For …

On Teaching: The Value of the Fashion Degree

It is a reality we have all had to face for several years now: the American economy is in a slump. Because of this slump, people have considered making different choices, such as not going to college (Adams, 2012). People have voiced their opinion that it is not necessary to spend money on going to college, especially fashion college (Adams, 2012; Hodges & Karpova, 2009). …

On Teaching: Incorporating Ethics in Fashion Education Curriculum- A Request for Dialogue

Last week a student made an interesting revelation in a workshop regarding the concept of ethics and responsibility taught in fashion education. This student voiced that as he studied more about the fashion industry, the more dissatisfied he became with the way the industry in general does business. He highlighted “hot topics” within the industry such as child models, unhealthy body images, and poor manufacturing …

On Teaching: Addressing Faculty and Administration Conflict

I recently read a paper written in 1966 discussing the changing roles of faculty and administrators. Stephen Epler identified two types of conflict that exist: natural and aggravated. According to Epler, natural conflict is unavoidable due to the difference in goals, perspectives and experiences between administrators and faculty. The aggravated conflict can be avoided. It is a result of inadequate communication, planning, information and practices …

On Teaching: Creativity and Business in Fashion Education

Photo courtesy of www.cubicleninjas.com Recently the Business of Fashion launched a new initiative called BoF Education, an arm of their website dedicated to reporting on and providing educational resources for the fashion industry (2015, Amed). With their new initiative several of their articles were published surrounding the concept of fashion education and how it is providing learning experiences. Three of the top ten trending articles …

On Teaching: 1960’s Revival

Today was an interesting day. I met an amazing woman who graduated from Central Saint Martin’s in London and is a practicing patternmaker. Now, that introduction may sound underwhelming to you. Many very talented and amazing people have graduated from Central Saint Martin’s. What was amazing was that she graduated in 1960. Sitting before me was a woman who lived her 20’s through the “swinging …

On Teaching: How Education Can Respond to Change

Recently I have been bombarded with dooms-day predictions regarding the American economy. I cannot blame my friends for their fears and precautions, after all our country has struggled for many years to pull itself out of a recession. Despite these harsh realities, I believe America has the ability to respond to change. How can education respond to this change? First, we must identify the challenges …

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