Rethinking the Roles of Fashion Designers : The Case of Pre Helsinki

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Chun , N , Gurova , O & Niinimäki , K 2017 , ' Rethinking the Roles of Fashion Designers : The Case of Pre Helsinki ' , The Design Journal , vol. 20 , no. sup1 , pp. S4477-S4486 . https://doi.org/10.1080/14606925.2017.1352944

Title: Rethinking the Roles of Fashion Designers : The Case of Pre Helsinki
Author: Chun, Namkyu; Gurova, Olga; Niinimäki, Kirsi
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
Date: 2017-07-28
Language: eng
Belongs to series: The Design Journal
ISSN: 1460-6925
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/232055
Abstract: Abstract: This paper discusses the diverse roles fashion designers play in the contemporary fashion industry. Taking Finland as a case, it particularly investigates how fashion designers are involved in regional identity formation. By conceptualizing the place-making ability of fashion designers, it adds a new perspective on the expanded roles of fashion designers recognized in design research. This is done through exploration of Pre Helsinki, a platform launched in 2013 seeking to internationalize Finnish fashion. This platform, created and operated mostly by fashion designers, serves as a vivid example of the different roles that designers can play. The study is based on qualitative methods, namely, semi-structured interviews and ethnographic observation. Five characteristics of Pre Helsinki and five fashion designers? corresponding roles were identified, based on thematic analysis of the data. This paper concludes with suggestions for further investigation on fashion designers to establish a dialogue between fashion and design research.
Subject: 6132 Visual arts and design
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