Fashion problem: Responsibility

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Literature Review: Responsibility problem for Fashion

This “Ten Problems for Fashion in the 2020s” booklet identifies ten relevant areas from very recent contributions put forward at academic level in the form journal articles, conference proceedings and students’ theses. Ten freely accessible internet references have been selected for each area and direct links are provided at the end of each chapter for own consultation. Our selected references do not intend to mirror ranking indexes nor establish novel classifications. On the contrary, they are meant to represent peer-reviewed, diverse and scientifically-sound case studies for vertical dissemination aimed at non-specialist readers. They will also be able to scoop even more references through the bibliography that is reported at the end of each selected reference.

Without further ado, these are the ten problems that we are going to introduce in this booklet:

  1. sustainability,
  2. retail,
  3. quality,
  4. materials,
  5. pollution,
  6. recycling,
  7. human rights,
  8. responsibility,
  9. social media,
  10. funding.

Each problem has its own dedicated chapter made of an introductory section, a short presentation of the ten selected references and a conclusions section.

The final chapter of this booklet will report the conclusions from each chapter again in order to provide a complete executive summary.

8 Responsibility

THE PROBLEM — When people consider the environmental effects that fashion creates, the social responsibility of the fashion industry becomes a major issue. Some of the fashion industry’s greatest faults are the lack of sustainability, lack of diversity, and lack of ethical labor. More responsibility is lying with political regulation as well as with the big industry players, but states are not there to solve their issues.

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CONCLUSIONS — The clothing industry has made it acceptable for fast fashion brands to place a low value on Corporate Social Responsibility. Most garments that are currently produced for consumption are not designed with the intention of reducing the environmental impact of their production. During 2020 Fashion Revolution Week, fashion retailer H&M published an Instagram post stating: “H&M is the world’s most transparent brand”, but a day later the corporation had silently removed the post from its feed. States are not the most appropriate actors to solve the garment industry’s issues for several reasons. Innovative fashion design micro and small enterprises often have relationship-based, direct-to-consumer business models. Localism based businesses seem to thrive best when offering something unique or are based on a strong ethos or functionality. Designers express reticence to speak about climate change in everyday life, yet their design work creatively speaks powerfully for them. European Union policies perceive systemic change of the fashion industry primarily as a transition to a circular economy model. Despite few challenges, the Computer Aided Design is of immense use to the clothing industry.

TEN FREE REFERENCES FROM THE INTERNET — … buy this booklet from Amazon …

Fashion Problems
“Ten Problems for Fashion in the 2020s” booklet for Amazon Kindle, 2021; click on the cover to go to the dedicated Amazon listing page

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Literature Reviews for Inquisitive Minds