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CLOTHING TECHNOLOGY AND TRADE (6 journals)

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Fashion Theory : The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 27)
Textile : The Journal of Cloth and Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Clothing and Textiles Research Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Dress     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Costume     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Critical Studies in Men's Fashion     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
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Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.36
Citation Impact (citeScore): 1
Number of Followers: 13  
 
  Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
ISSN (Print) 0887-302X - ISSN (Online) 1940-2473
Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [1174 journals]
  • A Case Study of Developing a Paralympic Shooting Jacket for Disabled
           Athletes

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      Authors: Kayna Hobbs-Murphy, Kristen Morris, Juyeon Park
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      Disabled athletes participate in sports at elite levels; however, industry product and academic research regarding adaptive sportswear is lacking. Limited availability of sportswear can be a barrier to participation in athletics for disabled people, particularly athletes with mobility differences. This study therefore aimed to enhance the sportswear design process in a single-case study of a Paralympic shooting athlete who participated in the 2020 Paralympic games. Qualitative and anthropometric data were collected via a high-communication, five-step design process. The researchers explored 3D apparel design technologies in tandem with physical prototyping methods to understand benefits and challenges of said tools in adaptive sportswear development. Key findings of this work include understanding of disabled athletes’ needs, design considerations for adaptive sportswear development, and found benefits and challenges of technology use. The knowledge acquired in this case study offers valuable contributions for researchers and manufacturers that can advance sportswear design for all disabled athletes.
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2022-05-23T05:12:42Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X221102920
       
  • Textiles Literacy: Implementing Inquiry-Based Learning in a Basic Textiles
           Class

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      Authors: Arlesa J. Shephard
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      Learning about textiles provides students with an essential foundation of knowledge for a career in fashion. More research is needed to help students with comprehension and application of knowledge, or textiles literacy. The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of inquiry-based learning, a versatile student-driven pedagogy, in a basic textiles course. The inquiry-based project titled “Textiles Literacy” was developed to promote understanding and application of knowledge over memorization. Through group-led inquiry, students learned about textiles by applying creativity, critical thinking, literacy, communication, and teamwork skills. At the conclusion of the project, students responded to five open-ended questions about their project experience. Analysis resulted in five primary themes: impact on understanding textiles, role of textiles in fashion, attitude, skills and knowledge, and likelihood to seek further knowledge. Overall, the inquiry-based learning “Textiles Literacy” project had a positive impact on student appreciation, and attitude toward learning about textiles.
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2022-05-10T06:18:35Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X221100434
       
  • Double Consciousness of Black Millennial Consumers: Their Experiences in
           the Retail Space

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      Authors: Kristian Hogans, Jewon Lyu
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      Black consumers have been long overlooked as a major consumer base in the United States, despite their increasing buying power. Few scholars have investigated the factors that influence the purchase behaviors of Black millennial consumers (BMC). Persistent discrimination in retail spaces creates psychological effects leaving BMCs in potentially harmful environments that may alter their consciousness. The racialized environment is central in the conceptualization of Black Critical Theory and W.E.B Du Bois’ double consciousness. Through these lenses, we investigate BMCs’ shopping experiences, in-store perceptions, and purchase intentions in retail spaces. Semi-structured interviews with 10 consumers who self-identified as Black and millennial were conducted. Situations of double consciousness are revealed and explored in the context of shopping in retail spaces. Our study findings are expected to make important contributions by centering relevant and authentic voices of BMCs. Future areas of research are suggested to produce more equitable, safe, and welcoming retail environments.
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2022-05-09T03:30:50Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X221100176
       
  • Creating Room for Social Justice Pedagogy in Fashion Education

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      Authors: Jaleesa Reed, Sha’Mira Covington, Katalin Medvedev
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      In this paper we encourage fashion educators to consider applying social justice pedagogy to fashion education. We begin by situating the current state of fashion education within the context of neoliberalism. Social justice pedagogy is defined and introduced as an alternative approach to fashion education. Participatory action research (PAR), which aims to address the needs of disadvantaged groups, is also provided as a solution to increase social justice awareness in students, departments, and institutions. Possible starting points are provided for instructors interested in integrating social justice into their courses. While social justice pedagogy and PAR are not foolproof methods for achieving equity-related goals in the classroom, they provide a starting point for instructors interested in promoting social change through their teaching.
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2022-05-05T05:13:15Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X221099824
       
  • Stakeholder Pressures and Workplace Compliance in Bangladeshi Apparel
           Factories

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      Authors: Zafar Waziha Sarker, Haesun Park-Poaps
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      The stakeholder influences on workplace compliance among Bangladeshi apparel factories across different compliance statuses were investigated. Six prominent stakeholders of the issue were identified: Buyers, owners, government, competitors, workers, and NGOs. Using the Accord’s inspection records, a modified stratified sampling, and an online survey method, responses from 43 "compliant" and 45 "behind-schedule" factories were analyzed. The result revealed that the factories behind the remedial process reported a higher degree of pressure from the government and NGOs as well as their workers than the compliant factories. The data confirmed the buyers as the most pressing stakeholder for both factory groups. The results suggest that the factories that are behind the schedule face an increased level of pressure from the local stakeholders, especially from their workers. The findings carry significant implications for the current transition to the government-controlled inspection and worker protections as well as for non-linear nature of stakeholder influences.
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2022-04-26T04:08:40Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X221095072
       
  • Just Say “No” to Compulsory Hijab: Exploring the Motivations and
           Meanings of Bad-Hijabi in Iran

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      Authors: Farimah Bayat, Nancy Hodges
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      Hijab is mandatory for every woman in Iran. However, while some women adhere to the strict guidelines and cover their hair and body when in public, others wear hijab only to the extent that they avoid breaking the law, a practice known as bad-hijabi. Recent studies have explored Iranian women's willingness to protest hijab through their social media activities. However, few studies have examined bad-hijabi as another form of resistance. The purpose of this study was to explore the topic of bad-hijabi from the perspective of women who have worn badhijabi. In-depth interviews were conducted with twenty Iranian women and a thematic interpretation of the data revealed that they use badhijabi to compensate for the inability to freely express the self through appearance, as well as to dissociate from messages communicated by hijab. Further research is needed on how bad-hijabi impacts the complex meanings communicated by women's appearance in Iran.
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2022-03-30T06:10:22Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X221089580
       
  • Measuring the “Clothing Mountain”: Action Research and Sustainability
           

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      Authors: Iva Jestratijevic, Julie L. Hillery
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2022-03-02T12:28:55Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X221084375
       
  • Students’ Perceptions of a Simulated Store Planning Project Set in a
           Brick and Mortar Retail Research Lab

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      Authors: Dina Smith-Glaviana, Briana Martinez
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      Student perceptions of a simulated store planning project set in a brick and mortar retail research lab were examined using the Concrete, Active, Primary-Abstract, Passive, Secondary Learning Potency Scales for Real and Simulated Situations by Bergsteiner and Avery (2014) as a framework. Quantitative seven-point Likert-type survey data (N = 30) and qualitative student reflection paper data (N = 27) were simultaneously collected and analyzed using SPSS and NVivo Qualitative Coding software. Students perceived the project’s environment and most of the activities performed within it as realistic or having a real-world connection, except for the large number of individuals involved in store planning, which led to an implication for designing simulated projects: To be concrete, simulated learning activities must have three specific tangible elements: a realistic environment (mock retail store), realistic activities (folding, hanging, and displaying merchandise), and realistic outcomes/consequences related to activities performed (increased or decreased foot traffic among visitors).
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2022-03-02T12:28:29Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X221084057
       
  • Virtual Guest Speakers in Textile and Apparel Courses: Student Experiences
           and Expectations

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      Authors: Sara Jablon-Roberts, Arienne McCracken
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      This paper focuses on the findings related to the second part of a continuing study of student impressions of the industry guest speaker experience in college fashion courses: student perceptions of virtual guest speakers. Data from 130 participants who were enrolled in the researchers’ textile and apparel classes at two United States universities were analyzed. Findings suggested that although there are disadvantages to the use of virtual industry guest visits, many students find them useful and enlightening. While respondents overall preferred in-person visits, student concern with technological issues seems to have lessened during the forced move to online coursework during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they have come to realize that the online medium, especially through the “chat” functionality found in videoconferencing platforms, can be an effective way to ask questions. Suggestions are made for instructors considering the use of the virtual medium for industry speaker visits.
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2022-01-24T12:22:55Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X221075765
       
  • Constructing Identity against a Backdrop of Cultural Change: Experiences
           of Freedom and Constraint in Public Dress among Saudi Women

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      Authors: Wijdan A. Tawfiq, Jennifer Paff Ogle
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      In Saudi Arabia, women have been required by law to wear the veil in public for decades. However, in 2018, Saudi women gained the legal right to choose their own public dress. We explored how Saudi women have experienced the newly sanctioned freedoms in public dress. We drew from theory exploring freedom in dress, agency and constraint in dress, and the “doing” of religion. We conducted interviews with 15 Saudi women; data were analyzed using constant comparison. Analyzes revealed three key themes: (a) freedom in dress and empowering women, (b) constraints in freedom of public dress, and (c) concerns and ambivalence prompted by new freedoms in public dress. As participants constructed a viable self, they sought to find a “middle ground,” navigating competing desires for individuality and authenticity as well as a respect for cultural norms of modesty and decency and a reverence for Saudi culture and the Islamic religion.
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2022-01-24T12:22:43Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X211073908
       
  • BDSM, Dress, and Consumption: Women's Meaning Construction Through
           Embodiment, Bodies in Motion, and Sensations

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      Authors: Juliana Guglielmi, Kelly L. Reddy-Best
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2021-12-23T10:59:48Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X211061020
       
  • Relationships Between Dress and Gender Identity: LGBTQIA + 

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      Authors: Alyssa Dana Adomaitis, Diana Saiki, Kim K. P. Johnson, Rafi Sahanoor, Arsha Attique
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2021-12-17T10:27:32Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X211059103
       
  • Exploring Caregivers’ Clothing Choices for Individuals With Severe
           Alzheimer's Disease: An Application of the Theories of Self-Complexity and
           Choosing for Others

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      Authors: Hyo Jung (Julie) Chang, Su-Jeong Hwang Shin, Nancy Hodges
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      The number of older Americans as well as those living with Alzheimer's is rapidly growing. Alzheimer's dementia is a disease that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. The role of caregivers is important, as they are the individuals who assist those with Alzheimer's in completing not just medical tasks, but fundamental activities of daily living, such as selecting garments to wear and getting dressed. The purpose of this study was to understand how caregivers make such choices. Interviews with twelve caregivers of individuals with severe stage Alzheimer's were conducted in nursing homes in the United States. Four themes emerged: The Role of Proxy, Routine Selections, Gift-Giving for Loved Ones, and Triangular Relationships. In all cases, the recipient's preferences were important to caregivers’ choices. Further research on the outcomes of making choices for others is needed.
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2021-11-23T11:22:56Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X211053988
       
  • The Impact of Historical Knowledge, Skill, and Interpretive Attitude on
           the Authenticity of Female Reenactors' Regency-Style Gowns

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      Authors: Dina Smith
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      The purpose of this qualitative case study research was to explore how elements of and barriers to authenticity impact the level of authenticity achieved in Regency reenactors’ gowns. Interviews with ten female Regency reenactors and participant observation were conducted. Participants displayed categorical differences in their commitment to historical knowledge and willingness (interpretive attitude) and ability (skill) to replicate primary historical sources. Overall, the results confirmed that reenactors negotiate their desire for authenticity with personal needs and limitations when creating reenactment dress but contradicted the idea that authenticity is a function of developing historical knowledge. Reenactors’ interpretive attitude, which was often influenced by skill level, was more influential than historical knowledge in pursuing and achieving authenticity. This research resulted in the revision and integration of The Historic Styles of Dress Design Considerations Model into the Authenticity Continuum, creating the Updated Authenticity Continuum, which may be used in future research reenactment and related topics.
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2021-11-23T02:27:33Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X211055161
       
  • Objectification Found in High School Girls’ Experience With Dress
           Code Enforcement

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      Authors: Heejin Lim, Sharron Lennon, Domenique Jones
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      Grounded in objectification theory, this study was conducted to uncover adolescent girls’ experience of dress regulations in US public schools. We conducted in-depth personal interviews with thirteen high school girls to explore internal, interpersonal, and contextual factors that might aggregate or alleviate objectifying conditions. Three overarching thematic categories emerged including (1) dressing as a life skill, (2) experiencing a sexually objectifying environment, (3) coping with the sexually objectifying environment. Eight subthemes captured under these thematic categories depicted how the school dress code is experienced and embodied by adolescent girls in their daily lives. Our findings demonstrated how the methods of school dress code enforcement and sex education promote a sexually objectifying environment in which girls feel physically and psychologically unsafe. Also, the findings of this study revealed that girls experience body shame, self-objectification, and powerlessness through dress code enforcement and sex education in school. Implications are discussed.
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2021-11-17T11:41:57Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X211058434
       
  • Effects of CSR Messages on Apparel Consumers’ Word-of-Mouth: Perceived
           Corporate Hypocrisy as a Mediator

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      Authors: Gargi Bhaduri, Sojin Jung, Jung E. Ha-Brookshire
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      This study focused on understanding how (mis)match between a company's corporate social responsibility claims as indicated in their mission and the activities it actually undertakes to meet its CSR goals leads to consumers’ corporate hypocrisy and how consumers’ CSR-CA beliefs moderate the relationship between the two. Using the Moral Responsibility Theory of Corporate Sustainability as a framework, this research analyzed the difference in corporate hypocrisy between consumers with high versus low CSR-CA tradeoff beliefs. In addition, we examined the impact of consumers’ corporate hypocrisy on their negative word-of-mouth intention and how participants’ injunctive norm impacts the relationship between the two. A sample of 538 adult US consumers were recruited for an online experimental study. The study extends the findings of MCRS and also provides implications for apparel businesses.
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2021-11-17T11:41:40Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X211055984
       
  • Evaluation of Phase Change Materials for Personal Cooling Applications

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      Authors: Lennart Teunissen, Emiel Janssen, Joost Schootstra, Linda Plaude, Kaspar Jansen
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      Eleven phase change materials (PCMs) for cooling humans in heat-stressed conditions were evaluated for their cooling characteristics. Effects of packaging material and segmentation were also investigated. Sample packs with a different type PCM (water- and oil-based PCMs, cooling gels, inorganic salts) or different packaging (aluminum, TPU, TPU + neoprene) were investigated on a hotplate. Cooling capacity, duration, and power were determined. Secondly, a PCM pack with hexagon compartments was compared to an unsegmented version with similar content. Cooling power decreased whereas cooling duration increased with increasing melting temperature. The water-based PCMs showed a>2x higher cooling power than other PCMs, but were relatively short-lived. The flexible gels and salts did not demonstrate a phase change plateau in cooling power, compromising their cooling potential. Using a TPU or aluminum packaging was indifferent. Adding neoprene considerably extended cooling duration, while decreasing power. Segmentation has practical benefits, but substantially lowered contact area and therefore cooling power.
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2021-11-06T03:03:53Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X211053007
       
  • Sri Lankan Fashion Designers: Self-Directed Learning in the Apparel
           Industry

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      Authors: Sumith Gopura, Alice Payne, Deepthi Bandara, Laurie Buys
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      The Sri Lankan apparel industry is currently in transition from apparel assembly to manufacturing original designs as a value addition. Design teams work closely with Western brands, buyers and designers to offer advanced creative and technical design services. The purpose of this article is to investigate how Sri Lankan designers acquire personal, high-value fashion knowledge and design skills in this crucial time of industry transition. The study adopts a qualitative approach using semi-structured interviews conducted with 28 fashion design and product development professionals in the industry. Based on an inductive thematic analysis, the study finds that Sri Lankan designers’ acquisition of high-value fashion knowledge and skills comes primarily through their self-directed learning. This study proposes the Designers’ Self-Directed Learning Cycle to illustrate how designers’ learning happens and is applied in their professional practice. The findings are significant in understanding the designers’ practice in the export-oriented apparel value chain.
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2021-10-29T12:51:17Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X211049516
       
  • The Role of an Advocate in Innovating the Adaptive Apparel Market: A Case
           Study

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      Authors: Kerri McBee-Black
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      The apparel global supply chain is fragmented and globalized, making it challenging to satisfy consumers’ wants and needs. Thus, to satisfy the consumer's wants and needs, global supply chain management is critical to a brand's success in the marketplace. The goal of this study was to gain an in-depth, holistic, and contextualized understanding of the experience and knowledge Mindy Scheier, an adaptive apparel advocate, gained by managing and negotiating the existing supply chain functions during her collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger® to launch the first mainstream children's adaptive apparel line. To achieve this goal, a case study was deployed. The authors found that supply chain networks required unique adaptations to their existing manufacturing processes to ensure the adaptive design innovations were viable; however, those supply chain adaptations were not significant. Further, the authors found that a collaborative partnership with an advocate seemingly provided a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2021-08-17T10:44:21Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X211034745
       
  • Women’s Czech Folk Costume: Negotiating Ambivalence and White
           Ethnicity in the Midwest

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      Authors: Erin French, Kelly L. Reddy-Best
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      Folk costume is traditionally worn to represent and preserve ethnic heritage. Large numbers of Czechs emigrated to America from the 1870s to 1920s, but eventually, a generation was born that had little contact with their immigrant ancestors. The purpose of our research was to examine what role folk costume plays in the negotiation of Czech ethnic identity and how meaning is constructed and communicated through Czech folk costumes for modern-day wearers. We conducted 11 indepth, semi-structured interviews with descendants of Czech immigrants in a previously unexplored Czech population of the Midwest. We identified four major themes: feelings of connectedness; sense of pride and joy; importance of perceived authenticity; and variation, nuance, and meaning of costume construction and style. Through our work, we contribute to the preservation and documentation of modern-day Czech traditions, ongoing discussions surrounding defining cultural traditions, and business practices of retailers.
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2021-06-28T09:49:29Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X211027500
       
  • A Narrative Critical Review of Research on Self-Sexualization

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      Authors: Kim K. P. Johnson, Ui-Jeen Yu
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      Self-sexualization is an emerging area of research relevant to clothing researchers as evaluations of sexual appeal often stem from specific items and uses of dress. Our research purpose was to systematically review the available research on self-sexualization. In our review we focused specifically on three topics: what precedes self-sexualizing' What outcomes are associated with self-sexualizing' And how has self-sexualization been operationalized' The time frame for this review was 2007–2020. To locate the 31 journal articles that supplied the data for this research, multiple data bases were searched using the following search terms: self-sexualization, self-sexualizing, and sexual self-presentation. Important precursors to self-sexualization include exposure to media and social media, self-objectification, internalization of sexualization, and desiring attention from others. Empowerment has been studied as an outcome of self-sexualization along with negative inferences concerning both young women and girls that self-sexualize. Operationalization of self-sexualization is varied and likely contributes to inconsistent findings.
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2021-04-26T08:16:11Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X211004294
       
  • Electrospun PU/MgO/Ag Nanofibers for Antibacterial Activity and Flame
           Retardency

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      Authors: V. Mamtha, H. N. Narasimha Murthy, V. Pujith Raj, Prashantha Tejas, C. S. Puneet, Achyutha Venugopal, Sham AanMankunipoyil, C. Manjunatha
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      Antibacterial activity and fire retardation are equally desired for protective clothing. For achieving this, AgNP and MgO are independently researched as nanofillers in Polyurethane based electrospun nanofibers and their synergistic effect is scarcely addressed. This article reports synthesis and characterization of MgO of 70.01 nm and AgNP of 51 to 76 nm by solution combustion and hydrothermal routes respectively and their incorporation in electrospinning of Polyurethane. Flow rate 1 ml/hr, applied voltage 13 kV, tip to collector distance 15 cm were adopted for the electrospinning. Nanofibers of 65 nm were obtained for PU/MgO (3 wt. %) and 106 nm for PU/MgO (3 wt. %)/Ag (1 wt. %). Addition of MgO increased the melting point, after flame time and afterglow time. Incorporation of AgNP improved antibacterial activity. PU/MgO/Ag (2 wt. %) exhibited zone of inhibition of 2.1 cm and 3 cm against E. Coli and S. Aureus, respectively.
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2021-04-16T07:30:04Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X211009479
       
  • Neo-Fashion: A Data-Driven Fashion Trend Forecasting System Using Catwalk
           Analysis

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      Authors: Li Zhao, Muzhen Li, Peng Sun
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      Trend forecasting is a challenging and important aspect of the fashion industry. The authors design a novel fashion trend analysis system called “Neo-Fashion,” which provides recommendations to fashion researchers and practitioners about potential fashion trends using computer vision and machine learning. Neo-Fashion includes three modules, a data collection and labeling module, an instance segmentation module and a trend analysis module. Diffusion of innovation theory is used as the main theoretical framework to understand fashion trends. 32,702 catwalk images from 2019 fashion week were collected, and 769 images were labeled as training data. Neo-fashion is able to identify and segment fashion items in the given images, and indicate the fashion trends in colors, styles, clothing combinations, and other fashion attributes. To optimize the system, more data sources can be included to not only reflect trends in even more categories but also aid in understanding the trickle-up or trickle-across process in fashion.
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2021-03-29T09:18:22Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X211004299
       
  • Improving Efficiency of Apparel Manufacturing Through the Principles of
           Resource Management

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      Authors: Anis Fatima, Muhammad Tufail
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      To gain the competitive advantage, it has become essential for manufacturing industry to use its resources effectively, efficiently and economically. It is required to understand that such resources are based on 5 Ms (manpower, methods, materials, money, and machinery). In this study an apparel industry was selected to create a directorial plan by using the ideologies of resource management to improve the process efficiency. For this the data related to the product layout, operation plan, and process flow was collected. Time motion study was performed for aspect analysis. Information regarding operation, number of machines and efficiency of the production line was evaluated. The proposed plan successfully increase the efficiency up to 10%. It also shows an improvement in effective utilization of manpower and money.
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2021-03-25T09:06:06Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X211005432
       
  • Evaluation of the Accuracy and Practicability of Predicting Compression
           Garment Pressure Using Virtual Fit Technology

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      Authors: Kristina Brubacher, David Tyler, Phoebe Apeagyei, Prabhuraj Venkatraman, Andrew Mark Brownridge
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      In this study, we evaluated the feasibility of using the virtual fit pressure map in a clothing-specific CAD program to predict pressures applied by sports compression garments by analyzing pressure prediction accuracy and process practicability. In wearer trials with whole-body compression sportswear, we measured in vivo pressures and compared them to virtual pressures recorded from the virtual fit pressure maps of the garments fitted to 13 participants’ body scan avatars. No clear correlations between virtual and in vivo pressures were identified and problems in the virtual fit process became apparent. The CAD software currently lacks a link to physical fabric, seam and component properties, which inhibits its use for predictions in new product development. By considering all simulation settings and assessing the numerical pressure prediction capability of a clothing-specific CAD program, this research provides a step forward in assessing the limitations of virtual fit for technical product development.
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2021-03-24T09:00:51Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X21999314
       
  • Exploring Global Fashion Sustainability Practices through Dictionary-Based
           Text Mining

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      Authors: Muzhen Li, Li Zhao
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      Nowadays, more fashion companies have started to adopt various sustainability practices and communicate these practices through their annual public CSR reports. In this study, we aim to provide a holistic perspective of fashion companies’ sustainable development and investigate the sustainability practices of global fashion companies. A total of 181 CSR reports from 29 fashion companies were collected. A Dictionary approach text classification method, combined with Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA), a computer-assisted topic modeling algorithm, was implemented to detect and summarize the themes and keywords of detailed practices disclosed in CSR reports. The findings identified 12 main sustainability practices themes based on the triple bottom line theory and the moral responsibility of corporate sustainability theory. In general, waste management and human rights are the most frequently mentioned themes. The findings also suggest that global fashion companies adopted different sustainability strategies based on their product categories and competitive advantages.
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2021-03-05T08:57:51Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X21998268
       
  • Color Trend Analysis using Machine Learning with Fashion Collection Images

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      Authors: Ahyoung Han, Jihoon Kim, Jaehong Ahn
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      Fashion color trends are an essential marketing element that directly affect brand sales. Organizations such as Pantone have global authority over professional color standards by annually forecasting color palettes. However, the question remains whether fashion designers apply these colors in fashion shows that guide seasonal fashion trends. This study analyzed image data from fashion collections through machine learning to obtain measurable results by web-scraping catwalk images, separating body and clothing elements via machine learning, defining a selection of color chips using k-means algorithms, and analyzing the similarity between the Pantone color palette (16 colors) and the analysis color chips. The gap between the Pantone trends and the colors used in fashion collections were quantitatively analyzed and found to be significant. This study indicates the potential of machine learning within the fashion industry to guide production and suggests further research expand on other design variables.
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2021-03-03T09:56:14Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X21995948
       
  • Effects of Radiant Heat and Frictional Abrasion on Thermal Protective
           Performance of Clothing Against High Pressurized Steam

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      Authors: Jiazhen He, Ling Sun, Yehu Lu
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      This study focused on changes in protective performance of steam protective clothing after exposure to conditions such as thermal radiation and frictional abrasion. Totally eight radiation conditions varying on exposure duration and times, four types of abrasion scenarios with different friction cycles and three different combined treatments were designed. Results demonstrated that any increase in radiant exposure duration or exposure times would lead to an initial increase and then a following decrease in the steam protective performance. However, the steam protective performance seemed relatively immune to the friction cycles. When thermal radiation and frictional abrasion acted together, interactions between them existed and their specific interaction highly depended on the distribution of heat exposure duration and friction cycles. Findings of this study provided insight into factors influencing steam protective performance, and could be an aid in developing high performance materials or guidelines for use and maintenance of protective clothing.
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2021-02-19T09:20:43Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X21993500
       
  • Do Augmented and Virtual Reality Technologies Increase Consumers’
           Purchase Intentions' The Role of Cognitive Elaboration and Shopping
           Goals

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      Authors: Hyejune Park, Seeun Kim
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of the “virtual try-on” technology (AR) and the “3D virtual store” (VR) incorporated in an apparel retail website on purchase intentions. This study highlights the mediating role of cognitive elaboration in the process through which these technologies influence purchase intentions, and examines the way consumers’ shopping goals (searching vs. browsing) interact with the website technology and influence their responses. The two experiments demonstrated that, for browsers, the website with VR was more effective in increasing purchase intentions than were the website with AR or a regular website with no technology, while for searchers, both the website with AR and the website with VR were more effective than was a regular website. In addition, cognitive elaboration mediated the interaction between a technology and a shopping goal on purchase intentions for browsers, while such a mediating effect was not found in searchers.
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2021-02-16T10:35:21Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X21994287
       
  • Investigating the Role of Open Costing in the Buyer-Supplier Relationship:
           Implications for Global Apparel Supply Chain Management

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      Authors: Huicheng Wu, Jin Su, Nancy Hodges
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      Research in supply chain management focused on the buyer-supplier relationship (BSR) indicates that costing practices can impact relationship quality and performance. Yet, few studies have examined how the supplier’s costing methods affect the BSR. To address this gap, this study investigates the role of open costing in the BSR within the apparel supply chain. Open costing is a popular costing practice in which a supplier compiles an itemized list of costs rather than a fixed price. To examine the extent to which open costing is practiced as part of BSRs, interviews were conducted with 30 professionals operating as suppliers in China and Bangladesh. A thematic analysis of the interview data identified several factors important to open costing and the BSR, including Mutual Trust, Fairness, Flexibility, Efficiency, and Sustainability. Findings shed light on the mechanism and practice of open costing within the BSR, and specifically from the perspective of suppliers.
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2021-02-12T10:19:34Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X21993501
       
  • Consumer Versus Corporate Moral Responsibilities for Creating a Circular
           Fashion: Virtue or Accountability'

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      Authors: Chung-Wha (Chloe) Ki, Jung E Ha-Brookshire
      Abstract: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Ahead of Print.
      Scholars in the fashion discipline have become more attentive to investigating how the fashion business can become more circular. In the past, many of the studies focused on identifying the supporting and/or hindering factors when creating a circular fashion (CF). Despite the insights these studies provide, their contributions are relatively limited in that many of them are exploratory in nature and skewed toward understanding CF from the stance of fashion companies who are situated at the supply side of the fashion economy. In contrast, little attention has been given to how consumers, on the demand side, perceive a CF. We employed a mixed-method approach using 332 respondents’ narrative data and empirically identified whether consumers attribute moral responsibility to fashion companies as well as to themselves for creating a CF and, if so, whether there are any nuanced differences in their perceptions of consumer versus corporate moral responsibilities for a CF.
      Citation: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
      PubDate: 2021-01-08T10:10:30Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0887302X20986127
       
 
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