Breaking barriers to sustainable costume design: a community-driven approach with German theatres

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The Circular Costume Design Lab (CCD Lab) is a participatory initiative exploring sustainable practices in costume design and making within the German theatre industry. Preliminary research suggested that theatre costume making is a tradition-based craft with limited agency for systemic change. The CCD Lab aimed to understand how tightly knit communities of costume professionals perceive and experience environmental and social sustainability, and how broader social, cultural, and political forces shape their work towards sustainability in state-funded and independent theatres. The CCD Lab consisted of eight online workshops co-developed by two costume makers and researchers in collaboration with two professional associations. The workshops engaged
23 costume professionals over two months. This paper outlines the workshop topics, the methodologies used, and the key learnings derived from the group conversations and activities. The study provides insights into the
specific needs and experiences of costume professionals regarding sustainability considerations in theatre settings and highlights the importance of user-centered design and collaboration with stakeholders in effecting positive change in the workplace.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIASDR 2023
Subtitle of host publicationLife-Changing Design
EditorsD. De Sainz Molestina, L. Galluzzo, F. Rizzo, D. Spallazzo
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherDesign Research Society
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2023
EventIASDR 2023 : Life-Changing Design Oct 09—13 | Politecnico di Milano - Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy
Duration: 9 Oct 202313 Oct 2023


ConferenceIASDR 2023
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