Labor and Creativity in New York’s Global Fashion Industry: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Labor and Creativity in New York’s Global Fashion Industry

1st Edition

By Christina H. Moon


232 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367403959
pub: 2020-02-19
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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 21st century.

Christina H. 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 21st century global fashion.

This book will be of interest to scholars in design studies, fashion history, and fashion labor.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

Christina H. Moon is an Assistant Professor in Fashion Studies in the School of Art and Design History, Parsons School for Design at The New School.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Design Studies

Routledge Research in Design Studies is a new series focusing on the study of design and its effects using analytical and practical methods of inquiry. Proposals for monographs and edited collections on this topic are welcomed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
DESIGN / Fashion