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Optimizing internet research for term papers

When students have to write extensive term papers or even their BA thesis, they use different sources for the literature. The most obvious one is the physical library. But what about internet research? In the last two terms, I have noticed that when the students search the internet on their topic they often tell me that they did not find enough information. And when I …

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). …

A hierarchy of needs for the fashion design student

Recently I was asked to hold a speech in academic circles on the needs of a fashion design student and speak about what a modern fashion design program should offer. I am a great admirer of Abraham Maslow, the psychologist who is famous for inventing the hierarchy of needs for humans and I took inspiration from him to prepare my speech. Acording to the original …

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 …

Venturing into luxury fashion’s sensory branding: From BOSS candles to edible Birkin Bags

When teaching fashion branding, I often like to look into futuristic topics, picking up on the latest trends. So recently, my class and I ventured into the world of sensory branding of the luxury fashion world. Imge source here. For those of you who are new to the term, it basically “is a type of marketing that appeals to all the senses in relation to …

On grading fashion: Fair and unfair

It’s the end of the semester at my university in Germany and I am carefully working through about 140 pieces of written work which the students have submitted. Source here The work needs to be graded in a fair and responsible way, justifiable in case of any relating questions and transparent. In theoretical projects some of the contributing factors are: – Structure, good use of …

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 …

This teacher talked about ethics – Part II

This May, I wrote about a discussion that emerged in class about unethical brand behaviour. (If you want to see part I of the article click here.) The majority of the class seemed to demonstrate that it is indeed from a different generation with a different set of values than mine, stating that discrimination, racism, exclusion are things that brands can do and that this …

Review: Cornelia Parker’s Magna Carta (An Embroidery)

I don’t usually do reviews back to back but it was impossible to ignore Cornelia Parker’s Magna Carta (An Embroidery) at the British Library, given that she is a brilliant artist and that this latest artwork involves textiles in a staggering way.  Arguably, this is not specifically about apparel but it is about thread and cloth, materials at the heart of most dress and adornment. …

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