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On Teaching Fashion: Fast Fashion

Today, my brand development class and I spend our lecture examining Fast Fashion: It’s success strategy and immense growth, as well as it’s dark side. I started the lecture with the image of the moon to illustrate the duality of this fashion segment: Image credit: NASA The students also saw images which I took some years back at LMB clothing recycling factory on the outskirts …

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: Faculty regulations, conflicts and quality assurance

This is an open question to all faculty teaching fashion: What do you do when a conflict arises between academics and the result can directly affect your students? How do you ensure quality standards are in place when colleagues contradict each other? Do you implement strict rules or allow teaching freedom? Image source here. In my teaching experience, I have encountered different types of settings …

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 fashion: What students want

A very important question for any teacher, lecturer, instructor or course leader is to ask: “What do our students want?” in the context of the program and course which is being taught. There is of course the syllabus which dictates the content of a class, the anticipated learning outcomes and the credit points and it is connected to the degree which itself dictates the mandatory …

On Teaching Fashion: the concept of ‘design’.

I am currently completing a project with my students surrounding the idea of ‘the design cycle.’ The aim of this unit is to get the students to identify with the concept of design and the individual processes that are undertaken to produce everything and anything that is man made and produced in this world. As I mentioned in my last post, this January I received a …

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 …

A Fine Possession: Jewellery and Identity|Creating the Exhibition & Behind the Scenes

Following on from my exhibition review of A Fine Possession: Jewellery and Identity at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney,  I had the pleasure of interviewing Rebecca Evans in order to find out a bit more about the process of designing the exhibition. Rebecca is an assistant curator at the MAAS museum and has also written for Worn Through in the past. Sarah: Jewellery is such …

Jean-Paul Gaultier and the first row

Just like many of you, I also visited the Jean-Paul Gaultier exhibition entitled “From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” during its last and final stop at the Kunsthalle in Munich. The visit was part of a fashion class excursion and we had an excellent guide through the tour. There have been quite a few posts on the exhibition with wonderful pictures already, so I will …

Parisian Insights: 2016 Exhibitions

Hello, a very happy new year to all from Paris! For my first 2016 post, I am going to keep things simple and propose a little update of the fashion and textile oriented exhibitions that will be on during the new year and that I am impatient to share with you. What I love about this round up is how diverse the themes are. There is …

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