Designing Fashion’s Future
Present Practice and Tactics for Sustainable Change
How do fashion designers design? How does design function within the industry? How can design practices open up sustainable pathways for fashion’s future? Designing Fashion’s Future responds to these questions to offer a fresh understanding of design practices within the sprawling, shifting fashion system.
Fashion design is typically viewed as the rarefied practice of elite professionals, or else as a single stage within the apparel value chain. Alice Payne shows how design needn’t be reduced to a set of decisions by a designer or design team, but can instead be examined as a process, object or agent that shapes fashion’s material and symbolic worlds.
Designing Fashion’s Future draws on more than 50 interviews with industry professionals based in Australia, Europe, Asia and the United Kingdom, with case studies and examples from North America and China. These diverse perspectives from multinational retailers and independent and experimental contexts ground the discussion in contemporary industry practices.
Table of contents
- Front matter
- Fashion Design Beyond the Designer pp. 1–12
- Fashion Systems Thinking pp. 13–38
- Designers, Named and Nameless pp. 39–60
- Fashion’s Designerly Narratives pp. 61–80
- Designing in Fast Fashion pp. 81–102
- Design for Sustainability as Strategies and Tactics pp. 103–122
- Weightless Fashion pp. 123–140
- Taming Fashion by Design pp. 141–158
- Rewilding Fashion by Design pp. 159–174
- Conclusion pp. 175–184
- Afterword p. 185
- Back matter