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Is ‘vintage’ clothing here to stay? Clothing Sustainability Research Group

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As part of the School of Art and Design’s Research Seminar Series, the Clothing Sustainability Research Group present: ‘Is ‘vintage’ clothing here to stay?’

  • From: Wednesday 24 May 2017, 1 pm
  • To: Wednesday 24 May 2017, 2.30 pm
  • Location: 2701, Chaucer, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Chaucer Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LT
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As part of the School of Art & Design’s Research Seminar Series, the Clothing Sustainability Research Group present: ‘Is ‘vintage’ clothing here to stay?’

The Clothing Sustainability Research Group invite you to explore ideas around the following topic. The aim is to have a lively discussion, with a view to exploring ideas that could form the basis of research funding bids over the next few months:

Is ‘vintage’ clothing here to stay?

Many garments are discarded in a wearable condition and sold in charity shops, car boot sales and, most recently, vintage shops. This seminar will consider the future of reuse in the clothing sector and question whether reuse is beneficial or a ‘necessary evil’. Issues that might be addressed include:

  • The future of second-hand clothing markets
  • Current issues faced by vintage clothing shops and the potential for their long term survival (and growth)
  • Whether high street retailers and mainstream brands could change their business model to offer reuse and repair
  • Different consumers’ perceptions of ‘pre-owned’ clothing.

The event will begin with a light lunch and short presentations by NTU staff with thoughts relating to the topic, followed by group discussions to hear your thoughts.

Speakers include:

  • Charlotte Shi (Fashion Marketing Management & Communication) on vintage clothing, pop up shops and local economies.
  • Amy Twigger Holroyd (Fashion Textiles and Knitwear Design), Hugh Miller (Psychology) & Jill Arnold (Social Work and Health) on psychology of ownership and understanding how people feel about pre-owned clothes.
  • Angharad McLaren (Fashion Textiles and Knitwear Design) on consumer perspectives of pre-owned clothes, charity vs vintage shops, and mending / repair practices.
  • Kyungeun Sung (Postgraduate Researcher, Sustainable Consumption) on the utilisation of vintage / second hand clothing for upcycling within households and small businesses.

Find out more about the Clothing Sustainability Research Group here.

For any enquiries, please contact the College of Art, Architecture, Design and Humanities Research Office by email or by telephone on +44 (0)115 848 2301.

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2701, Chaucer


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Chaucer Street

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