Fash Design 4: Sustainability

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FASHN-316

Every era has its own ethics and aesthetics. Aesthetics represent the way in which an historical period and the values it creates takes form. The perspective of a stustainable society has not yet 'taken form' and the aesthetics of sustainability has yet to be born. -Enzio Manzini What are the social and environmental ramifications of our design decisions, and how can we mitigate them through our ideas? What new roles for design emerge in the context of sustainability, and how can we give visual form to new ways of thinking about, living with and engaging in fashion? Building on the instruction from sustainability seminar in the spring semester, this class is structured around a series of projects, which allow time for the students to conduct their own primary and secondary research, to develop diagnoses and apply theory and research to practice with supervised lab instruction.

Sustainable Apparel and Soft Goods: Design for Change. "Every era has its own ethics and aesthetics. Aesthetics represent the way in which an historical period and the values it creates takes form. The perspective of a sustainable society has not yet 'taken form' and the aesthetics of sustainability has yet to be born." -Enzio Manzini. What are the social and environmental ramifications of our design decisions, and how can we mitigate them through our ideas? What new roles for design emerge in the context of sustainability, and how can we give visual form to new ways of thinking about, living with and engaging in fashion and product design? This class is structured around a series of projects, which allow time for the students to conduct their own primary and secondary research, to develop diagnoses and apply theory and research to practice with supervised lab instruction.