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Does Body Positivity Yield Positive Attitudes? The Effects Of Female Empowerment In Advertisements On Consumer Perceptions, Allyssa Compton 2021 University of Lynchburg

Does Body Positivity Yield Positive Attitudes? The Effects Of Female Empowerment In Advertisements On Consumer Perceptions, Allyssa Compton

Undergraduate Theses and Capstone Projects

This thesis examines the relationship between female-empowering advertisements and consumer attitudes and perceptions of brands. Currently, there has been consumer resistance against ads that lack diverse size ranges. To show social responsibility, many companies are switching to more authentic and realistic advertisements, featuring a diverse range of models who are not digitally enhanced. The goal of this study was to determine if such practices will increase positive attitudes associated with the brand and its products.

To achieve the goal of my study, I researched and reviewed past studies analyzing the relationship between women’s portrayal in advertisements and consumer reactions to …


The Duality Of Fashion: How Industry Norms Impact Market Returns In The Fashion Industry, Zoe Carter 2021 University of Tennessee Knoxville

The Duality Of Fashion: How Industry Norms Impact Market Returns In The Fashion Industry, Zoe Carter

Chancellor’s Honors Program Projects

No abstract provided.


Conscious Couture: Upcycling And Sustainable Style, Sara Wilson 2021 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Conscious Couture: Upcycling And Sustainable Style, Sara Wilson

Apparel Merchandising and Product Development Undergraduate Honors Theses

The fashion and apparel industry has become synonymously associated with wastefulness and pollution due to the high levels of production, consumption and disposal of the billions of garments produced globally each year. Throughout the industry, brands have continued to set sustainability goals for both efforts to reduce their environmental impacts as well as appeal to the ‘green’ consumer. The power that a consumer holds can be leveraged for driving sustainability related initiatives through an apparel market that is virtually available everywhere. Since the 1990s, the secondhand market has developed from simply an economically friendly place to purchase necessities, to its …


Comparative Analysis Of Azo Dye Restriction In The International Textile Industry, Kayla DeMark 2021 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Comparative Analysis Of Azo Dye Restriction In The International Textile Industry, Kayla Demark

Apparel Merchandising and Product Development Undergraduate Honors Theses

Azo dyes are the most used type of dye in the textile industry. Some of these dyes have the potential to be extremely toxic to both human health and the environment. While regulations of these dyes vary across the world, it is suggested that not enough is being done to protect consumers and the environment from potentially harmful azo dyes (Rawat et al., 2016). It is the responsibility of apparel companies to ensure that their products that contain azo dyes are safe for consumers.

The purpose of this study was to understand how azo dyes and their by-products are restricted …


The Apparel Industry And The Lasting Impact Of Fast Fashion, Katelyn Collison 2021 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

The Apparel Industry And The Lasting Impact Of Fast Fashion, Katelyn Collison

Marketing Undergraduate Honors Theses

Personal style is how everyone expresses their individuality and personality; there is nothing inherently wrong with wanting to buy clothes to do that. The issue arrives when big corporations take advantage of this and sell products to consumers that end up hurting rather than healing. It is often forgotten how much of an impact big business has on our everyday lives; they can affect our economy, our atmosphere, or even our daily interactions. Customers are beginning to realize that there are positive and negative consequences to their purchases. On one hand, shopping is a great way to boost the economy, …


Psychological Scene Gist And The Perception Of Sustainable Business Models Via Digital Media Audit, Shelby Hansen 2021 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Psychological Scene Gist And The Perception Of Sustainable Business Models Via Digital Media Audit, Shelby Hansen

Marketing Undergraduate Honors Theses

The technology space is giving rise to new business models that impact how we interact with companies, the causes we are interested in, and even our perception of how we process information. Within those contexts, I will be using the psychological concept of scene gist to explore the sustainable business model of clean beauty and investigate the technological ways that these companies interact with Gen Z consumers via social media. Gen Z consumers want to interact with companies who are socially responsible and who contribute to causes they believe in. The clean beauty trend is spearheading efforts to eliminate harmful …


How Companies Can Overcome The Barriers To Sustainability In The Fashion Industry, Madison Perreault 2021 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

How Companies Can Overcome The Barriers To Sustainability In The Fashion Industry, Madison Perreault

Finance Undergraduate Honors Theses

The primary intent of this paper is to explore existing case studies on the barriers to sustainability in the fashion industry as well as incorporate my own contributions by crafting and analyzing the results of a survey. This survey will give insight to the attitudes and behaviors of respondents towards sustainable fashion. I will also investigate government policies on this topic, or the lack thereof. Finally, I will offer my recommendation on how businesses can overcome the barriers to sustainability in the fashion industry.


Beautiful People: The Past, Present, And Future Of The Fashion Industry's Thin Ideal, Shane White 2021 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Beautiful People: The Past, Present, And Future Of The Fashion Industry's Thin Ideal, Shane White

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Negative body image among women has become an extremely relevant topic in the last decade. The “ideal” female body image and what a person should look like according to marketing and advertising has become a highly controversial issue. This project seeks to show how the fashion industry has, over centuries, shaped how people think they need to look and in today’s time and show how it has been a root cause of issues like body image complexes leading to negative self-perception, eating disorders, mental illnesses like anxiety, depression and addiction, and even suicide. Over the last three to four decades, …


Consumer Motivations And Perceived Value In Online Second-Hand Luxury Fashion Shopping, Murphy Brianne Aycock 2021 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Consumer Motivations And Perceived Value In Online Second-Hand Luxury Fashion Shopping, Murphy Brianne Aycock

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The second-hand luxury fashion market is growing four times faster than the primary luxury fashion market and already represents a $24 billion market today (Beauloye, 2019; Siwak, 2020). Younger generations such as millennials and Gen Z are buying and selling preowned luxury products almost three times faster than any other age group (Beauloye, 2019). Digital selling platforms such as The RealReal and Vestiaire Collective are fueling the growth of the second-hand luxury fashion market (Beauloye, 2019). Despite the increased consumer interests and sales growth in the second-hand luxury fashion market, existing research has not concentrated on the underlying motivations of …


Women's Self Perceptions And Fashion Industry Rhetoric, Grace Cody 2021 University of Rhode Island

Women's Self Perceptions And Fashion Industry Rhetoric, Grace Cody

Senior Honors Projects

No abstract provided.


Addressing The Internet's Influence On Fast Fashion, Kelly Cruz '23, Uchenna Nnawuchi '23, Saamiyah Khan '23 2021 Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Addressing The Internet's Influence On Fast Fashion, Kelly Cruz '23, Uchenna Nnawuchi '23, Saamiyah Khan '23

Student Leadership Exchange (SLX)

Fast fashion, the rapid production of cheap clothing made for trends that will only last at most a month, is increasingly becoming more popular. Fast fashion damages both the environment and the workers that are put to work long hours but are underpaid. These issues are overlooked by online shoppers due to the fact that they are unaware of its unsustainability and harsh working conditions. Although, this problem of unintentional ignorance could be avoided if fast fashion companies were transparent with the work they are doing alongside as working towards fixing these issues regarding sustainability and the workers’ conditions. The …


The Creation And Impact Of Mr. Agne’S Career Collection, Evelyn Hamady 2021 Bowling Green State University

The Creation And Impact Of Mr. Agne’S Career Collection, Evelyn Hamady

Honors Projects

This project discusses the creation of Mr. Agne's Career Collection located in Eppler South 117, and the impact it has on Bowling Green State University's students. This community impact project focuses on providing students with professional attire and accessories that may be needed when job searching or applying to internships. This project also covers the process of receiving donations, prepping donations, and placing those donations within the school's inventory system.


Media, Marketing, And More – How Social Technology Is Changing The Face Of Small Business, Lily Reynolds 2021 Western Michigan University

Media, Marketing, And More – How Social Technology Is Changing The Face Of Small Business, Lily Reynolds

Honors Theses

The purpose of this study is to identify the ways in which social media and marketing technology advances are affecting small retail businesses. A total of three interviews were conducted with working professionals in different areas along the fashion supply chain, and were contacted based on common acquaintances. Each interview was conducted over the phone, and lasted between ten minutes and half an hour, with guided and supplemental questions focusing on their experiences with technology in their fields. The results showed that each area was affected in numerous ways, from superficial business changes to advancements at the cores of their …


Exposing Racism In Fashion: How Black Women Navigate Societal Beauty Standards, Re'Nae Dillard 2021 DePauw University

Exposing Racism In Fashion: How Black Women Navigate Societal Beauty Standards, Re'nae Dillard

Honor Scholar Theses

Throughout American history, Black women have been treated as the most inferior group. Social status is dependent on race, gender, and economic status. These factors contribute to overall social hierarchies. Whiter skin tones are more desired than darker tones. The fashion industry perpetuates white desirability while also displaying Black women as undesirable and inferior. The fashion industry is dominated by white males, and white women are the representations within fashion. Fashion, therefore, is a reflection of the white male’s ideal world: desirable white women, submissive Black women, and very few Black men. Black women however are changing the narrative within …


Impact Of Fashion Advertisements On Consumers, Kathryn Sweeney, Kacy Kim, Sharmin Attaran 2021 Bryant University

Impact Of Fashion Advertisements On Consumers, Kathryn Sweeney, Kacy Kim, Sharmin Attaran

Honors Projects in Marketing

This paper sets out to investigate the expectations, satisfaction, and retention of fashion advertising. The purpose of this paper is to determine if ad type (traditional models vs. plus-size models) and brand type (luxury vs. non-luxury) have impacts on consumers’ perceptions, attitudes, purchase intention, and overall expectations of the advertisements and brands. Two-hundred fifty-six participants (62.5% males, 37.5% females) (mean age = 19.9) were recruited from Bryant University and received extra credit in their MKT201 course for completing the survey. Each participant was randomly assigned one stimulus advertisement and was then asked to answer a questionnaire that featured measures of …


Inditex: A Case Study In Transferring Fast Fashion To International Markets, Anna Stooksbury 2021 University of South Carolina

Inditex: A Case Study In Transferring Fast Fashion To International Markets, Anna Stooksbury

Senior Theses

Using Industria de Diseño Textil, S.A. (Inditex) and its subsidiaries as a case study, this thesis is an analysis of the largest fashion group in the world and its success in transferring a unique fast fashion business model into almost 100 markets worldwide. This thesis examines the internationalization of a large company and the steps it must take to enter into a new market, including internationalization motivations, market selection, and entrance strategies (both physical and virtual). This analysis uses an in-depth case approach to analyze the fast fashion business model that has made Inditex a success. Using extensive secondary research, …


The Evolution Of Women's Opportunities In The Workplace: A Look At The Past To Interpret The Present, Emily Milich 2021 University of Rhode Island

The Evolution Of Women's Opportunities In The Workplace: A Look At The Past To Interpret The Present, Emily Milich

Senior Honors Projects

No abstract provided.


Propuesta De Un Modelo De Comercio Electrónico Para La Empresa Joua Joyería, Cristian David Caro Vargas, William Sebastian Prieto Cardenas 2021 Universidad de La Salle, Bogotá

Propuesta De Un Modelo De Comercio Electrónico Para La Empresa Joua Joyería, Cristian David Caro Vargas, William Sebastian Prieto Cardenas

Finanzas y Comercio Internacional

El presente proyecto propone un modelo de comercio electrónico para la empresa JOUA Joyería, una empresa la cual se dedica desde el año 2018 a la producción y comercialización de joyas y bisutería en la ciudad de Bogotá. Dicha propuesta busca un crecimiento en el mercado y un aumento de su visibilidad digital, aprovechando la demanda en Colombia del sector de joyería y convirtiendo a la empresa en un fuerte competidor nacional.

Para el desarrollo de la propuesta fue necesario realizar un diagnóstico tanto interno como externo de la empresa por medio de tres matrices, con el fin de conocer …


From The Runway To The Racks: A Comparative Analysis Of Gucci And Zara, Hailey Bauer 2021 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

From The Runway To The Racks: A Comparative Analysis Of Gucci And Zara, Hailey Bauer

Experience Industry Management

The fashion industry is constantly evolving. Today, consumers face more choices than ever when it comes to purchasing clothes. The purpose of this study was to examine a high-end luxury brand, Gucci, and a fast fashion brand, Zara, to compare and contrast their marketing strategies, sustainability practices, brand personality, and customer experiences. The research for this study was collected using a case study matrix, developed by the researcher, to evaluate Gucci and Zara’s marketing, sustainability, and customer experience practices. The study resulted in findings indicating the importance of social media and online marketing platforms for the increase of sales and …


How Diversity And Inclusion Affect Shopper Attitudes, Melissa Michelle Oliver 2021 Lindenwood University

How Diversity And Inclusion Affect Shopper Attitudes, Melissa Michelle Oliver

Theses

This paper analyzes the effects of consumer behavior in relation to diversity and inclusion in retail advertisements. The primary objective of diversity and inclusion initiatives is to have a workforce that closely resembles an organization’s target audience and the growing group of loyal customers the company wants to retain. Differences in age, race, gender, national origin and sexual orientation should be encouraged in advertisements to ensure optimal organizational performance. People who are different from one another in race, gender and other dimensions bring unique information and experiences to bear on the task at hand. By analyzing consumer behavior based off …


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