Alice Payne

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DEC 10, 2020
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The Book

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, Asia, North America, Europe, and the United Kingdom. These diverse perspectives from multinational retailers, independent and experimental contexts ground the discussion in contemporary industry practices.

Table of Contents

1. Fashion Design Beyond the Designer
2. Fashion Systems Thinking
3. Designers, Named and Nameless
4. Fashion’s Designerly Narratives
5. Designing in Fast Fashion
6. Design for Sustainability as Strategies and Tactics
7. Weightless Fashion
8. Taming Fashion by Design
9. Rewilding Fashion by Design
10. Conclusion

About The Authors

Alice Payne is Associate Professor of Fashion at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Her research interests include the fashion design process and the problem of design for sustainability within the fashion context. Alice is also an award-winning designer, investigating design for sustainability in fashion via practice-led research.

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