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Jennifer Sharpe (designer)
Cynthia Lawson (thesis advisor)
Chris Prentice (thesis advisor)
Chris Romero (thesis advisor)
Ethan Silverman (thesis advisor)
David Carroll (thesis advisor)
Steve Lambert (thesis advisor)
Andy Bichlbaum (thesis advisor)




Current societal trends have caused us to increasingly loose perspective on the value of craft, artisanship and quality that fashion, rooted in cultural identity and expression, have carried throughout centuries. The accelerated cycle of clothing disposability, cannot sustain the impact on the human, social or environmental eco-systems involved.

Transparency within an industry that is innately opaque, is a necessary solution to this equation.

The Clothing Traceability project visualizes the clothing supply chain – where and how a garment is made, and the people involved throughout the process. Connecting businesses, designers, manufacturers, and consumers to a deeper understanding of the impact of the clothing life-cycle through an interactive website and online publication, the project builds on established tools for supply chain transparency to develop a leading approach to sustainable fashion.

Incorporating documentation of a local supply chain from fiber through manufacturing and production, research and case studies of business transparency highlighting best practices, the Clothing Traceability project raises the standard for transparency in the fashion domain, generating awareness of the destabilization of global ecosystems while promoting ideals of eco-literacy, and conscious consumption.



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