Education for apparel sustainability from perspectives of design students from differing cultural contexts

Marilyn DeLong, Mary Alice Casto, Seoha Min, Yoon Kyung Lee

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Abstract

The focus of this paper is how design students think about sustainable practices and design solutions. A survey distributed to American and Korean design students asked how important sustainability was to them as a user and as a professional in training. How the two groups of students understand sustainability in apparel was considered through their identification of sustainable strategies and practicing of sustainable behaviours. In analysis regarding practices throughout the clothing lifespan, the most significant sustainable factor for American students was ‘purchase’ and for Korean students it was ‘use’. This comparison provides valuable insights regarding how cultural factors shape and influence perspectives on sustainability and how this information pertains to design education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)248-260
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

Keywords

  • Sustainable
  • apparel
  • cultural context
  • designer
  • education
  • user

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