The Body Stocking: Design Aesthetics and Functionality as a Means for Sustainable Fashion and Textiles

Louise Ravnløkke Munk Petersen, Anne Louise Bang

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportKonferenceartikel i proceeding


This paper is based on a pilot study of six parents’ preferences for baby clothing and their experience of value. We investigate ways in which design aesthetics, material and the senses have an impact on high use frequency aiming to understand longevity as a parameter for sustainability in textiles and clothing. We take as a starting point that longevity has a significant impact on furthering sustainability in textiles and clothing since it can be a driver on many levels, e.g. new business models, decisions made in the design phase and/or changes in use and consumption. The study applies variations of the Repertory Grid technique and Wardrobe Studies to frame a tangible dialogue enabling the parents to elaborate on personal preferences of design aesthetics and materials in baby clothing. In the analysis we use the body stocking as a common reference point for learning about reasons for high use frequency. In addition, it is exemplified how personal taste, preferences for aesthetics and experience of wellbeing may have an impact on high use frequency. Finally, the paper points to further elaboration by suggesting a (tentative) matrix structure to better understand the parameters in designing sustainable textiles and garments focusing on longevity.
TitelThe 10th International Conference on Design & Emotion 2016
RedaktørerPeter Desmet, Steven Fokkinga, Geke Ludden, Nazli Cila, Hester van Zuthem
Antal sider12
Publikationsdatosep. 2016
ISBN (Trykt)978-94-6186-725-4
StatusUdgivet - sep. 2016
Udgivet eksterntJa
BegivenhedINTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DESIGN & EMOTION: Celebration and Contemplation - Amsterdam, Holland
Varighed: 27 sep. 201630 sep. 2016
Konferencens nummer: 10