Students undertaking The Global Impacts of Fashion Merchandise
course (part of The Associate Degree of Fashion & Textile Merchandising AD013)
at RMIT University, were asked to identify problems throughout the product life cycle of a garment that contributed to people living outside the "Safe and Just space for Humanity" (Raworth).
The course was run as six, all day intensive workshops.
The workshops were divided into three distinct phases;
The activities of the fashion industry were contextualised within the three human created pressure points of ;
- The desire for affluence (Consumer society)
- Global population (Rapidly growing)
- The “Two worlds” (Developed and developing)
The Planetary Boundaries (Rockström et al), Sustainable Development Goals (United Nations) and The Doughnut Economy (Raworth) were offered as the frameworks through which solutions for the fashion industry could be proffered.
Students mapped the impact of activities of various fashion brands against elements of the frameworks.