272 pages | 15 B/W Illus.
This book tells the story of fashion workers engaged in the labor of design and the material making of fashion in New York in the early twenty-first century.
Christina Moon offers an illuminating ethnography into the various sites and practices that make up fashion labor in the New York industry, including sample rooms, design studios, runways, factories, and design schools. By exploring the work practices, social worlds, and aspirations of fashion workers, this book offers a unique look into the meaning of labor and creativity in twenty-first century global fashion.
This book will be of interest to scholars in design studies, fashion history, and fashion labor.
Introduction: Theorizing Fashion Labor 1. Shoddy Seams: The Decline of the New York Garment Industry and its Transformation into New York Fashion 2. Back of House/Front of House: Creative Skills and ‘Effortless’ Labor Among Samplemakers and Aesthetic Workers 3. The Deskilling of Design: Technology, Education, and the Routinization of Fashion’s ‘Engineers’ 4. Designing Diasporas: The Racialization of Labor, the Rebranding of Korea, and the Movement of Fashion Designers Between Seoul and New York 5. Fast Fashion Families: Family Ties and Fast Fashion Production in LA Jobber Market Conclusion: ‘Making’ and ‘Made’ in the USA