Should I buy this shirt? How about these pants that are on sale? What factors help us answer these questions? Moreover, when purchasing clothes, are we really asking ourselves the right questions? You may have guessed that what I am proposing is a look at the ethics of fashion — and yes, this is what I intend to do in this workshop. But rather than simply reiterating the already prevalent knowledge of the fashion industry's horrific human and environmental depravities, I want to ask: What are we prepared to do about it?
As a student of mine put it, "we are a generation that can no longer pretend to live under a rock." Fashion is a complex institution, but, nonetheless, a human-made institution that has much room for change. The change I would like to propose is for us to review the ethics of the fashion industry, and begin a discussion about some personal actions we may take, in order to both better understand ourselves and to increase our consumer agency.
- I would like my participants to gain a better understanding of their shopping patterns and perhaps discover new personal shopping habits that will help curb the massive consumerism engendered by the fast-fashion system.