Sustainability Fashion Practices: Women’s Apparel in the U. S. Industry

By Jongeun Kim, Shideh Shirdel and Kyriakos Pontikis.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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The purpose of the study was to examine and compare the
quality of eco-fashion and non-eco-fashion apparel
products. A women’s apparel line, the “bridge line” – a
less expensive alternative to designer fashion – was
selected for the comparison between eco-fashion products
and non eco-fashion products in the following four
categories: jackets, shirts, jeans, and dresses. The
apparel products were compared using three criteria:
functional, expressive and aesthetic. A key finding of the
research was that there was no substantial difference
between eco-fashion and non eco-fashion product quality in
terms of functional and aesthetic aspects. However, for the
expressive aspect, the eco-fashion choice of fiber and
fabrics, and the recommended fabric care, were different
from non eco-fashion products. The paper describes the
study and concludes by highlighting contributions to
apparel industry and academe. The comparative analysis of
sustainable practices will assist apparel manufacturers and
designers to produce more eco-fashion products. Also, the
theoretical framework developed in the paper, can be
utilized by other faculty and researchers to further
advance research on apparel quality analysis.

Keywords: Sustainability, Eco-fashion, Apparel Design, Women’s Apparel, Functionality, Expressiveness, Aesthetics

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.115-134. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.088MB).

Dr. Jongeun Kim

Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Health and Human Development, College of Health and Human Development, California State University-Northridge, Northridge, CA, USA

Jongeun Kim, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Apparel Design and Merchandising at California State University, Northridge. She received her B.S. in Sociology from Ewha Women’s University in Seoul, Korea and earned a second B.S. and her M.A. both in Apparel Design and Merchandising from Kon-Kuk University in Seoul, Korea. She received her Ph.D in Human Environmental Sciences from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. Kim has been teaching in higher education for over 10 years and has developed courses in apparel design, fashion theory, the culture and psychology of fashion, special needs/functional clothing and apparel and textiles in the global economy. Kim’s research focuses on consumer behavior, e-commerce and m-commerce marketing, sustainability and eco and green fashion. Kim has presented her work at national and international conferences, published her research in journals and conference proceedings and organized workshops and seminars sponsored by professional associations such as ITAA (International Textile and Apparel Association), AAFCS (American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences), HIC (Hawaiian International Conference) and AERA (American Educational Research Association).

Shideh Shirdel

Graduate Student, College of Health and Human Development, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Health and Human Development, California State University-Northridge, Northridge, CA, USA

Shideh Shirdel, is a graduate student and currently she is writing her thesis to complete her Masters degree in Apparel Design and Merchandising at California State University, Northridge. Shideh Shirdel received her B. A. in Language and English Literature, studied fashion design and received numerous certificates of training in various software. She has been a full time faculty for 16 years at the Art Institute of California-Hollywood. She received a few awards for Instructor of the Year in 1994, fall 2006, and winter 2006. Prior to teaching, Shideh worked in the fashion industry in both New York and Los Angeles for many years in the areas such as design, pattern, domestic as well as overseas production.

Dr. Kyriakos Pontikis

Associate Professor, Interior Design, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Health and Human Development, College of Health and Human Development, California State University-Northridge, Northridge, CA, USA

Kyriakos Pontikis, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Interior Design at California State University, Northridge. He received his bachelor’s degree (B.Arch.) from Oklahoma State University and his master’s (M.Arch.) and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. In his teaching, research and practice he focuses on the integration of humane design with green design to create sustainable building environments. He has partnered with Habitat for Humanity and other non-profit organizations to work on community projects in Los Angeles. He is a founding member and steering committee member of the international organizations BPA (Building Process Alliance) and INTBAU USA (International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism). He has presented his work at national and international conferences, published his research in journals and conference proceedings, organized workshops and seminars on his subject, and served as panel discussant at national and international venues. Pontikis is the chair of the Sustainability Committees in the Department of Family and Consumer Science and in the College of Health and Human Development at CSUN. He is a practicing architect and interior designer with over 20 years professional experience in Europe and the United States.

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