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Don’t Look Back: The Paradoxical Role of Recording in the Fashion Design Process  

Helen McGilp, Claudia Eckert, Chris Earl 

The Open University, UK (3)

Keywords: fashion design; recording; design process; comparative design


Although there is little systematic research in academia or industry examining design processes in Fashion, anecdotal evidence, based on self- reports and observations, suggests that designers very rarely record the process of designing. Conversely, benefits and requirements of recording the design process within other domains, such as Engineering and Architecture, are well supported in the literature. This paper attempts to explore the dichotomy of recording and non-recording practice across these fields through a review of the literature, semi-structured interviews and a report on one case study in particular, drawing out further detail. Commonalities and differences are identified and new directions for research proposed. 

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Cite this paper: McGilp, H., Eckert, C., Earl, C. (2016). Don’t Look Back: The Paradoxical Role of Recording in the Fashion Design Process. Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference. Brighton, UK, 27–30 June 2016.

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