Fashion and dress have the power to tell deeply human stories about who we are and who we aspire to be, and their intrinsically social natures can facilitate our search for self-expression and belonging. In tandem with larger global paradigms of economic growth and consumer capitalism, however, what we wear has become increasingly commoditized and destructive to both people and the planet.
Using Andrew Curry and Anthony Hodgson’s Three Horizons Model as an analytical framework, this project aims to understand how change might happen in the garment industry. It begins by uncovering the deeper systems structures and narratives that define the status quo. Next, light is shed on the many proposed visions for what the industry could become. Finally, this project imagines potential pathways for pragmatically bridging the gap between the current paradigm and a more hopeful and sustainable future for the garment industry.