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Mundane durability: the everyday practice of allowing clothes to last

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Show simple item record Burcikova, Mila 2021-06-16T07:47:54Z 2021-06-16T07:47:54Z 2021
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper introduces the Emotionally Durable Clothing Model, a framework that expands Don Norman’s (2004) concept of three level design, in relationship to women’s lived experiences with clothing. The model captures the results of a multi-level thematic analysis of in-depth wardrobe conversations with 10 women situated in the UK, aged between 29-69. The methodological approach, through a unique combination of sensory ethnography, narrative enquiry and a designer-maker practice produced valuable layers of information that are difficult to access through questionnaires and other purely verbal approaches. The four themes discussed here: (1) Sensory experiences, (2) Enablers, (3) Longing and belonging and (4) Layering; highlight that women’s relationships with clothes stem from a myriad of sensory impressions, practical needs and personal histories, so closely intertwined that it is often quite impossible to disentangle them. While the Emotionally Durable Clothing Model enables researchers and designers to grasp the leading principles to navigate this complex territory, emotional durability of a garment can rarely be reduced to any one of its elements. It seems striking then that design strategies for extending clothing lifetimes, often represent artificial divisions and fragmented approaches that have little in common with the complexities and conflicting demands of everyday life. The paper therefore argues that the quotidian must be tightly integrated into the current discourse, if emotional durability in fashion is not to become an irrelevant “do good” exercise but an integral way of how we treat our wardrobes, and consequently, in a more holistic sense, our planet. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries 4th PLATE 2021 Virtual Conference, 26-28 May 2021;
dc.subject emotional durability en_US
dc.subject everyday clothing en_US
dc.subject wardrobe studies en_US
dc.subject emotional design en_US
dc.subject sustainable fashion en_US
dc.title Mundane durability: the everyday practice of allowing clothes to last en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.31880/10344/10201
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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