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Framework For Ethical Decision Making: How Various Types Of Unethical Clothing Production Have Different Impacts On People, Ebru Pinar 2017 Kennesaw State University

Framework For Ethical Decision Making: How Various Types Of Unethical Clothing Production Have Different Impacts On People, Ebru Pinar

Siegel Institute Ethics Research Scholars

The purpose of this study was to evaluate how various types of unethical clothing manufacturing impacts peoples’ shopping attitude in different ways. The study also focused on if there was an effect on how people decided what they find more important and if there was a change in their decision making after being informed. Using an online survey, Kennesaw State University college students, faculty, staff, and community members (n=78) were conducted randomly. As a result, Fair trade (p=0.032), Sweatshop or Child labor (p=0.007), and Sustainable Material (p=0.020) had statistically significant differences after being ...


A Rei Of Light, 2017 Vocational Training Council

A Rei Of Light

SIGNED: The Magazine of The Hong Kong Design Institute

Enigmatic fashion designer Rei Kawakubo's spring exhibition at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is set to become the talk of the fashion world


Fashion: The New Breed: Three Hkdi Alumni Who Are Making Waves On The Style Scene, 2017 Vocational Training Council

Fashion: The New Breed: Three Hkdi Alumni Who Are Making Waves On The Style Scene

SIGNED: The Magazine of The Hong Kong Design Institute

Fashion moves at the speed of light in Hong Kong. A coat or dress can be the hottest thing to own on one day and then become extremely unpopular the next. But these three Hong Kong Design Institute alumni, who all graduated with a degree in fashion design, have each used their unique visions to stay above the quickly changing trends and to stand out in our fashion scene...


Equipped, Jaanai Jones 2017 Kent State University

Equipped, Jaanai Jones

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Submission focuses on senior thesis collection. Collection is inspired by firefighter uniforms and the idea of safety and protection, but also keeping them fashionable and progressive through design.


Sempre Sposa, Devin Hilt 2017 Kent State University

Sempre Sposa, Devin Hilt

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Sempre Sposa
Devin Hilt

“Sempre Sposa” is a bridal collection that explores the idea of multi-use wedding dresses. Bridal gowns are known for couture quality, elaborate construction and detail, and making a woman feel beautiful on her big day. The bridal industry has developed a tradition of one-time- use garments, which ends up limiting the value of the dress to only one day. If the life-cycle of a wedding dress can be extended, the bride can receive a greater value for the cost of her gown. How can designers change this one-time-use culture and create wedding dresses that can be ...


Aphosiosi, Arianna Likouris 2017 Kent State University

Aphosiosi, Arianna Likouris

Undergraduate Research Symposium

“Aphosiosi” means “loyalty” in Greek. This is a non-traditional eveningwear collection illustrating the idea of loyalty to one’s culture, community, and upbringing. The goal of this collection is to get the viewer to understand and think about how one can obtain a sense of identity through their heritage. “Aphosiosi” explores what these values mean to the individual, their personal experiences and identity.

The method to starting this collection began with researching symbolism. Motifs and symbols were collected and then collaged together to form shapes for silhouettes and a print design. Constant sketching was being paired with the collaging, then ...


Lieblingspulli: Favorite Sweater, Katryn Seeburger 2017 Kent State University

Lieblingspulli: Favorite Sweater, Katryn Seeburger

Undergraduate Research Symposium

The growth of fast fashion has created an economically inefficient and ecologically destructive industry. Consumers have adjusted to a constant fashion cycle of purchase, wear, throw away, and repeat. They have grown to look for the best perceived value without considering lasting quality or the negative effects that those garment cycles have on the environment and the people involved in production. Too often, the proposed solution has been to convince the consumer to accept the minimalist lifestyle of creating a more staple based wardrobe. However, this appears to be too great a transition for the consumer to make willingly.

How ...


The Maker: An Innovative Artisan Apparel Brand And Retail Partnership, Haviet Huong 2017 Kent State University

The Maker: An Innovative Artisan Apparel Brand And Retail Partnership, Haviet Huong

Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Millennial generation, which makes up 25% of the U.S. population, is driving changes in many aspects of the retail industry. These consumers crave authenticity, limited availability and quality products, responding well to goods aligned with best practices in sustainability and social responsibility. This study investigated opportunities presented by a partnership between online craft platform, Etsy, and Macy’s, a well-established retailer with hundreds of brick-and-mortar stores. Preliminary research on the market and both companies resulted in a SWOT analysis which guided development of a new clothing line and marketing strategy that addressed Millennials’ unique demands while presenting a ...


Ethical Reform In Bangladesh’S Ready Made Garment Industry: Building On The Alliance And The Accord, Serena Newhall 2017 Kennesaw State University

Ethical Reform In Bangladesh’S Ready Made Garment Industry: Building On The Alliance And The Accord, Serena Newhall

Siegel Institute Ethics Research Scholars

The Bangladeshi garment production industry was examined in terms of current building structure and fire safety mechanisms in place, and the opportunity to build upon those standards in order to strategically address growing market demands for ethically produced garments within the ready-made garment (RMG) industry. In determining whether Bangladesh’s RMG industry could pay above the country’s low minimum wage, and still remain competitive, a linear regression model was used to better understand and quantify the price sensitivity of the country’s RMG export products.


"La Dolce Vita" Today: Fashion And Media, Nicola Certo 2017 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

"La Dolce Vita" Today: Fashion And Media, Nicola Certo

All Graduate Works by Year: Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita is a cinematic masterpiece that has inspired nationally and internationally generations of creative people and artists because of the extent of its themes and because of the mastery in the choice of its costumes. The actuality of the director’s criticism towards the decadent society of his years, the originality of his stylistic choices, and his sophisticated taste for beauty and fashion, brought him to influence media and contemporary fashion then and now. There are numerous examples of television commercials that Fellini directs and produces for purely commercial purposes. They are all critique of ...


Do The Clothes Make The (Fat) Woman: The Good And Bad Of The Plus-Sized Clothing Industry, Crystal N. Money 2017 Kennesaw State University

Do The Clothes Make The (Fat) Woman: The Good And Bad Of The Plus-Sized Clothing Industry, Crystal N. Money

Siegel Institute Ethics Research Scholars

This paper focuses on the relationship between the “women of size” population and the sector of the fashion industry that aims to serve them. This research intends to determine if the fashion industry truly understands the plus-size audience, or if they are simply forgetting an entire audience. It is important to identify how women of size see themselves personally, as a community, and reflected in mass media as that is where most fashion inspiration is derived. The study encompasses three research methods: interviews with self-identified plus-size women; an ethnographic approach to examining the clothes shopping options of a woman of ...


[Rebelution 17]: Gender Bender, Francesca Louise Inocentes 2017 Scripps College

[Rebelution 17]: Gender Bender, Francesca Louise Inocentes

Scripps Senior Theses

Fashion embodies what is accepted and valued in a given culture or society and empowers individuals by building self-confidence, enabling them to express themselves authentically through their bodies and garments. The gender binary, perpetuated by the mainstream fashion industry, marginalizes individuals who do not conform to it. In Rebelution 17, I utilize clothing design and photography to empower and liberate individuals who do not conform to the standards of beauty in regards to gender identity and acceptability. The finished works are featured in a Lookbook – a digital and physical collection of photographs used to market fashion – designed to promote awareness ...


Pyramide: The Changing Power Structure Of Fashion, Ariana Callan 2017 Scripps College

Pyramide: The Changing Power Structure Of Fashion, Ariana Callan

Scripps Senior Theses

This project examines the changing world of fashion in an interactive digital magazine format. In the past few years, fashion has increasingly been democratizing, as new designers and forms of media increasingly gain influence. Ready-to-wear designers are working with lower-end brands through collaborations, redefining what each brand is supposed to do, while blogging is allowing those whose voices are usually unheard to openly critique and influence fashion. Overall, they are creating a more democratized space, challenging what was once normal in the fashion industry.


Style Migrations: South-South Networks Of African Fashion, Victoria L. Rovine 2016 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Style Migrations: South-South Networks Of African Fashion, Victoria L. Rovine

Artl@s Bulletin

Fashion design from Africa and by African designers provides a rich source of information about south-south networks of influence and inspiration. Using several case studies, this article explores the products of cultural interactions between Africa and other world regions, and between cultures within Africa, to illuminate south-south networks of innovation. Case studies include the work of Sakina M’Sa, Maimouna Diallo, and the distinctive embroidery of northern Mali known as “Ghana Boy” style.


Hi, Magic Closet, Tell Me What To Wear!, Si Liu, Tam Nguyen, Jiashi Feng, Meng Wang, Shuicheng Yan 2016 National University of Singapore

Hi, Magic Closet, Tell Me What To Wear!, Si Liu, Tam Nguyen, Jiashi Feng, Meng Wang, Shuicheng Yan

Tam Nguyen

In this demo, we present a practical system, "magic closet," for automatic occasion-oriented clothing pairing. Given a user-input occasion, e.g., wedding or shopping, the magic closet intelligently and automatically pairs the user-specified reference clothing (upper body or lower body) with the most suitable one from online shops. Two key criteria are explicitly considered for the magic closet system. One criterion is to dress properly, e.g., compared to suit pants, it is more decent to wear a cocktail dress for a banquet occasion. The other criterion is to dress aesthetically, e.g., a red T-shirt matches better with white ...


Tailor Made, 2016 Vocational Training Council

Tailor Made

SIGNED: The Magazine of The Hong Kong Design Institute

Aesthetics and practicality make fine dancing partners at the HKDI's Department of Fashion and Image Design, where Liz McLafferty encourages students to explore the boundaries between the inperatives of art and the needs of society.


Jean Genie, 2016 Vocational Training Council

Jean Genie

SIGNED: The Magazine of The Hong Kong Design Institute

Koyo William is now an internationally recognised fashion designer with his own label, but his story began at the HKDI, where he first understood the power of creativity and jeans that fit in all the right places.


Phoenix Rising, 2016 Vocational Training Council

Phoenix Rising

SIGNED: The Magazine of The Hong Kong Design Institute

The Miao people of Central China have a rich tradition of handmade costumes that have inspired baute couture designers at Dior and Chanel, but despite the work's beauty their culture is under threat. To help support the survival of their heritage the fashion department at the HKDI has developed a range of internationally acclaimed projects that are taking the Miao's creativity to the world stage.


Material Innovation, 2016 Vocational Training Council

Material Innovation

SIGNED: The Magazine of The Hong Kong Design Institute

Science and design have never been closer, with innovative textiles and other materials changing the way we think about garments and fashion.


Keeping In Fashion, 2016 Vocational Training Council

Keeping In Fashion

SIGNED: The Magazine of The Hong Kong Design Institute

The Fashion Archive at Hong Kong Design Institute is a treasure trove of historical and significant pieces. We explore the huge collection and discover how it's helping to launch new careers.


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