Ethical fashion is now part of the mainstream of fashion courses but not all students necessarily embrace its message nor do existing pedagogical approaches achieve their objectives. This paper examines the process of simulating a factory manufacturing experience with level 4 Fashion, Fashion Marketing and Fashion Communication students. The project raised considerable problems in planning and delivery both from a practical and ethical viewpoint. Transferring working practices from developing countries to an educational environment were thoroughly considered by the tutors, technicians and Ethics Committee. Health and safety guidelines were strictly applied whilst trying to mimic ‘real life’ factory conditions. The planning and final delivery of the project was successful so an operational blueprint now exists. The paper will critically reflect on the limits and possibilities of factory simulation as an experiential learning tool for addressing a range of issues from sewing skills to sweatshop labour to production management and even performance art.
|Title of host publication||Futurescan: Mapping the Territory|
|Publisher||Association of Fashion and Textiles Courses|
|ISBN (Print)||978 1 907382 30 7|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2011|