How to design out obsolescence in fashion? - exploring wardrobe methods as strategy in design education

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The paper presents a case study of four DSKD graduates who have actively chosen to implement and experiment with wardrobe methods in their design practice as a way to further garment longevity and encourage more sustainable lifestyles. In the paper we first explore examples of how these methods impact the design process, the design outcome and the designer role when applied in practice. Second, we discuss how, designers’ engagement with and understanding of users’ real lived clothing practices may lessen product obsolescence in relation to fashion. Through this study we suggest that designers can help users build ‘clothing competencies’, as part of a design practice. They not only aim to design products for longevity, but also apply a design process that assist users to enjoy and keep their garments in active use over time. These design interventions help the user build self-reliance and understanding of personal needs in terms of style and function starting from what’s in their wardrobe.
The cases show how wardrobe methods, when applied to design practice can divert in multifarious ways and help design out fashion obsolescence.
Original languageEnglish
Publication dateMay 2021
Publication statusPublished - May 2021
EventProduct Lifetime and the Environment 2021 - virtual, Limerick, Ireland
Duration: 26 May 202128 May 2021


ConferenceProduct Lifetime and the Environment 2021
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