1st Edition

Fashion, Upcycling, and Memory A Practice-Based Approach

By Sanem Odabaşı Copyright 2024
    200 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Fashion, Upcycling, and Memory questions practices and explores its profound connection to memory and sustainability. Through a practice-based researcher lens, the research examines the intricate interplay between upcycling and memory, unveiling assemblages of concepts, objects, and values that inspire action.

    This book takes readers on a journey through the multidimensional relationship between individuals and clothing. It delves into the disposal of garments and the transformative aspirations embedded within the fashion industry. Employing the unique research methodology known as "A/r/t/ography," which merges artistic practice, rigorous research, and educational development, this book unearths the dynamic interplay between upcycling and memory.

    The author unravels the intricate web of connections within upcycling through diverse practices, methods, and insightful interviews. By critically questioning established norms and scrutinizing the actions of fashion designers, the book makes significant contributions to existing literature. Additionally, it offers practical recommendations for sustainable fashion education, making it an indispensable resource for individuals involved in the textile and fashion field. Enhanced with visual aids such as images and illustrations, this book ensures an engaging reading experience that immerses readers in the research-based discourse.


    1. Sustainable fashion: The memory of fashion

    2. Memory and A/r/tography

    3. Fashion

    4. Fashion and memory

    5. The assemblage of sustainable fashion: Upcycling

    6. Sustainable fashion education: Lessons from the past experiences

    7. Alive fashion from the periphery


    Sanem Odabaşı is a fashion scholar from Turkey. She is an Assistant Professor at Eskişehir Technical University, Department of Textile and Fashion Design. Her research areas are sustainable fashion, material culture, and practicebased research. She is the author of the book Sürdürülebilir Moda Tasarımı: Kavramlar ve Uygulamalar (Sustainable Fashion Design: Concepts and Practices). Her articles can be found in the International Journal of Fashion Studies, Fashion Theory, Fashion Practice, and TEXTILE.

    "We have been led to believe fashion is a means to squander resources for vanity. But as Odabaşı shows, fashion is not a cemetery for discarded time, but a reservoir of revitalized imagination. Opening the wardrobe to deep study, Odabaşı proposes a series of sagacious systems to rethink upcycling and ask: What kind of history do we want fashion to write?”

    Dr. Otto von Busch, Professor, Parsons School of Design at The New School, USA