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Re-interpreting Fast Fashion
Title: Re-interpreting Fast Fashion
Author: Maria Smith, Director, Teacher Center, Madison-Oneida Board of Cooperative Educational Services, NY
Subject Area/ Grade: Art/ High School
Students will study the “fast fashion” industry to better understand the detrimental effects on the environment, on labor markets, and on the American psyche.
Students will understand the detrimental effects of the “fast fashion” industry on the environment, on labor markets, and on the American psyche. Students will interpret an article of clothing or outfit of their own closets using non-traditional materials.
Content Area and Standards
HS Visual Arts:
Name of Unit: “Reinterpreting Fast Fashion”
Students will view videos, read articles, and engage in discussions on the current trend in the fashion industry known as “fast fashion”; and fast fashion’s effects upon the environment (where do clothing articles go once disposed of?), world labor markets (seamstresses in third world countries, most of whom as women, do not earn a living wage); and the “waste mindset” of American consumers.
Students will identify articles of clothing in their own closets that are categorized as “fast fashion”, that is, are of inferior fabric and workmanship, were marketed within a two-week fashion cycle, are very trendy and not likely to be worn after the current season.
Students will select one or more articles of clothing and reinterpret the using non-traditional materials, such as:
Reinterpreted garments may be two- or three-dimensional, to scale (i.e., actual size) or on a smaller scale.
Students will collectively put on a fashion or runway show to exhibit their reinterpreted pieces, while wearing their actual “fast fashion” garments.
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Art Forms that May Be Included
Connections to Students Passion Areas and Interests
High school students of all ages are fashion conscious. While their style preferences may range from grunge to preppy, sporty, casual, or dressy, all students strive for a “look” or settle into patterns of style. Typically these styles include trendy clothing from the fast fashion industry. Having students recognize the pernicious effects of the fast fashion industry on countries around the world, and their costly effects upon peoples and the environment is important for teens to become more conscious stewards of the earth and more responsible consumers.
Students may work with partners as “critical friends” or may interpret the garments of a class partner.
Students will be evaluated on: