Fashion industry professionals’ viewpoints on creative traits and, strategies for creativity development

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2013-12-01
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Karpova, Elena
Karpova, Elena
Marcketti, Sara
Kamm, Caitlyn
Marcketti, Sara
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Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management
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Through in-depth interviews, the study explored fashion industry professionals’ viewpoints, on creativity, focusing on traits of creative people and how creativity can be developed. Four creative, traits were identified, including different thought processes, determination, having an open mind, and, risk taking. About one-third of participants believed that creativity is innate, and therefore, some, people were born creative whereas others were not. Another third of participants maintained that, everyone has some creative potential that can be further developed. The remaining fashion, professionals distinguished artistic creativity from creative problem solving. Suggested strategies for, creativity enhancement and development included (1) practicing creative thinking strategies, (2), formal training, (3) diverse experiences and exposure to the world; and (4) creating a safe, yet, challenging environment.

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This article is published as Karpova, E., Marcketti, S., Kamm, C., Fashion industry professionals’ viewpoints on creative traits and, strategies for creativity development. Thinking Skills and Creativity. 10(2013); 159-167. DOI: 10.1016/j.tsc.2013.09.001. Posted with permission.

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