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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 …

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 …

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 …

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