Blended Fashion and Textiles Pedagogy in the Age of Change


Fashion has always been at the forefront of change, it is a social leader in its ability to adapt and innovate, however, it has in recent decades relied on an unstainable growth at the planets expense and our own wellbeing. The consumption of all fashion from products to images has increased exponential with the rise of new technology and communication devices. This being well discussed as a system out of control. With the recent powerhouse Gucci, announcing the reduction of fashion shows to slow down fashion consumption approaching change, we need to question if education is fully supporting this with traditional pedagogy where studio-based learning is often separate to theory and new concepts of change.
This research explores the learning journey of students studying on the BA (Hon’s) Fashion Design and Textiles course in Singapore were a focus of blended learning and new experiences allow for theory and questioning materials and techniques underpin the hands-on practice and industry readiness. This new fashion pedagogy explores the rich and agile practice-based research incorporating traditional craftsmanships, indigenous tools, heritage methods from the region with a new blended studio-based pedagogy that combines new technology and innovation. Observed through new course structures and curriculum with sustainability at its core, teacher and student reflections over 2 academic years 2019 and 2020 provide an effective understanding for tacit and haptic knowledge of textiles and fashion expression and creativity supported through new technology for real-world requirements.

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Martin Bonney, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore

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Conference: ACE2020
Stream: Teaching Experiences

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