The Needs for Interdisciplinary Collaborations for Preparing Future Fashion Technocrats

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2015-11-12
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Raj, Deepika
Ha-Brookshire, Jung
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As many new startups and well-established companies are coming up with WT products, there is a need for employees trained from interdisciplinary fields to satisfy the unique work demands of such firms. New technologies, such as WT and 3D printing, can play a huge role in the fashion industry. Therefore, to prepare students for these work requirements, curricula in fashion-related schools and universities will have to be updated. However, there is a huge gap in the literature to understand the interactions between apparel designers and technology engineers. To address this issue, the objectives of this research were to explore: (a) unique skill sets required by WT professionals, (b) habits cultivated to help them in providing solutions, and (c) the potential gaps in skill sets between product designers and engineers.

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