Design Functions in Transformable Garments for Sustainability

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2013-01-01
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Koo, Helen
Dunne, Lucy
Bye, Elizabeth
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International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference Proceedings
Iowa State University Conferences and Symposia

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The trends of fast fashion and overconsumption have brought negative influences on the environment, the economy, and society (Fletcher, 2008; Hawley, 2008; Hethorn & Ulasewicz, 2008). Consumers keep purchasing garments as their needs and wants change, and waste related to clothing and footwear consumption keeps increasing(Fletcher, 2008; The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2012). Among many ways to encourage sustainability, transformable garments (which add a transformation phase to the regular clothing lifecycle)are expected to encourage consumers to be naturally involved in sustainable practices (Dombek-Keith & Loker, 2011; Loker, 2008).

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