Localism is a growing movement of place, community and nature. This special issue seeks to explore localism in the context of fashion, investigating the dynamic interconnections between specific places, people, ecological contexts, economies and the provision and expression of fashion clothes.
In localism, place matters. Local ecosystems provide both resources and constraints to an area’s activity. People and communities evolve within unique natural and social assets of where they are based. Ecosystem health is preserved through the local adaptation of knowledge, products, cultures and practices. This special issue of Fashion Practice: The Journal o Design, Creative Process & the Fashion Industry contends that in fashion, place also matters. It explores fashion localism as a cornerstone principle and practice of sustainability where place-based and community values describe a fashion system reconceptualised by scale, stewardship and sufficiency.
The special issue will examine fashion localism from multiple perspectives. We welcome contributions that investigate (but are not limited to) the following topics:
- Local or regional activity as part of self-reliant fashion communities;
- The relationship between ecosystems, soil, watersheds (etc) and fashion production;
- Explicit normative framework of localism in fashion;
- Analytical paradigm of localism in the context of clothing and dress;
- An exploration of the social nature of localism;
- The role of consumption, consumers and non-market actors in localism in the fashion context;
- The role of diversity, scale and resilience within fashion systems.
- The role of legislation and marketing in leveraging a change from globalized to localized fashion systems.
Papers of between 6,000 and 8,000 words should be sent by the deadline: 1st June 2017 to the guest co-editors, earlier where possible. The guest editors invite would-be contributors to contact them to discuss potential submissions well in advance of the deadline and also welcome proposals about submissions in other formats.
Authors are advised to consult the Taylor and Francis website for author instructions and style guidelines at http://www.tandfonline.com/rffp