Pedagogy and Professional Development

“I Don’t Want to Ruin Anything”: Student Perspectives on the Use of Historic Clothing for Design Education in the Post-Pandemic Age of Digitization

Authors
  • Laura E. McAndrews orcid logo (University of Georgia)
  • Sara Idacavage (University of Georgia)

Abstract

The purpose of this study was (a) to better understand how historic clothing collections can provide both subject-specific knowledge and transferable skills and (b) to gain insight into students’ perceptions of working with these objects after becoming more accustomed to digitization and remote learning since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020. Over the course of three workshops held in the spring of 2022, 31 students from two sections of a design course were exposed to a variety of topics and learning activities using historic garments, with each two-hour workshop building off the previous one and techniques they learned in their design studio class. This study used a historic clothing and textile collection belonging to a large land grant institution in the Southern United States. 

Keywords: education design, history, material culture, digitization, Education, design

How to Cite:

McAndrews, L. E. & Idacavage, S., (2024) ““I Don’t Want to Ruin Anything”: Student Perspectives on the Use of Historic Clothing for Design Education in the Post-Pandemic Age of Digitization”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/itaa.17083

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Published on
20 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed