Open-Source Philosophy in Fashion Design: Contesting Authorship Conventions and Professionalism

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This paper investigates open-source fashion approach as a design philosophy and a phenomenon that demonstrates an alternative to the concept of authorship of fashion designers. We argue that the concept contests traditional professionalism in fashion design in today’s digitalized, data-driven culture. Investigating open-source philosophy in fashion design as a dimension of professional fashion designers’ authorship, the paper presents three case studies with different ways of applying open-source principles to existing fashion design practices. The article builds on multiple-case-study research conducted during 2018–2019. The case studies were analyzed from the perspective of authorship and professionalism. We ask whether, how, why and to what end fashion designers contest the authorial and professional conventions of fashion design. Secondly, we analyze the role of technology in such questioning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSynergy - DRS International Conference 2020, 11-14 August
EditorsStella Boess, Ming Cheung, Rebecca Cain
PublisherDesign Research Society
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-912294-41-1
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventDesign Research Society International Conference - Virtual, Online, Australia
Duration: 11 Aug 202014 Aug 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of DRS
ISSN (Electronic)2398-3132


ConferenceDesign Research Society International Conference
Abbreviated titleDRS
CityVirtual, Online
OtherVirtual Conference
Internet address


  • open-source philosophy
  • fashion designer
  • authorship
  • professionalism


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