The Life of a Piece of Cloth: Developing Garments into a Sustainable Service System
The research and design of a multibiographical garment system demonstrates the possibility of sustainability in high end fashion design through product service systems.
||Apparel Sustainability, Design Research, Cradle to Cradle, Life Cycle Assessment, Product Service System, Consumer Lifestyle
International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.197-208.
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Connie Chen recently graduated with an MA in Apparel Design at Cornell University. With a background in industrial design, she has transferred innovative problem solving practices into sustainability-based apparel and product development expertise. Her thesis and class work included the review and practice of qualitative research methods for apparel sustainability and anthropometrics. She was also a teaching assistant for various apparel lecture and studio design classes. In her design research work, Connie specializes in the study of the relation of clothing and fashion trends to consumers. Also, her undergrad BS is from the Institute of Design at IIT, which was her first exposure to design research. She is based in the Boston, Massachusetts area.
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