Sewing Box for the Future: upskilling the next generation

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    Within a world of resource scarcity, ready-to-wear clothing bears the air of shop finish and finality and doesn’t call for repair, alteration or unpicking. Further research is required to challenge this status quo and encourage healthier habits around how we care for, use and maintain our future wardrobes. This paper will discuss ‘Sewing Box for the Future’, a research project and pop-up exhibition at V&A Dundee in partnership with the University of Dundee (2020). Sewing box will be used as a metaphor, to raise awareness about diminishing sewing skills and provide materials, skills and knowledge to support the public to maintain their existing wardrobes. This paper will discuss how participatory design can be used to explore circular fashion and will make recommendations for retailers and manufacturers to re-think how they might support clothing care, repair and customisation in the future.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSustainable Innovation 2021
    Subtitle of host publicationAccelerating Sustainability in Fashion, Clothing, Sportswear & Accessories 23rd International Conference Online Zoom Webinar (GMT) Time in London, UK 15th – 21st March 2021
    Place of PublicationUniversity for the Creative Arts, Surrey, UK
    PublisherThe Centre for Sustainable Design (University for the Creative Arts)
    Number of pages9
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2021
    EventSustainable Innovation 2021: Accelerating Sustainability in Fashion, Clothing, Sportswear & Accessories - University of the Creative Arts (online), Surrey, United Kingdom
    Duration: 15 Mar 202121 Mar 2021
    Conference number: 23rd


    ConferenceSustainable Innovation 2021
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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    • co-design, circular economy, textiles, fashion, skills


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