Design and Product Development

Exploration of Transformable Garment Design Strategies on Dresses for Sustainability

  • Helen Koo (University of California, Davis)
  • Yoon Jin Ma (Illinois State University)


Transformable garments involve technologies that can convert them into different styles or silhouettes, thus reducing the need to purchase new garments and extend the garment’s lifecycle (Fletcher, 2008). For example, a dress that can change its style, such as in length or silhouette, can be worn in different ways and in various contexts. Transformable garments have great potential to prevent and minimize waste in a product’s lifecycle by encouraging consumers’ natural engagement in sustainable fashion acts. However, there is an overall lack of research about transformable garments. The extant research only addresses a limited item compared to the various kinds of products worn by individuals. Thus, the purpose of this research is to understand consumers’ preferences and expectations for transformable dresses, focusing on the aesthetic aspects and exploring possible changeable design options for transformable dresses.

How to Cite:

Koo, H. & Ma, Y. J., (2015) “Exploration of Transformable Garment Design Strategies on Dresses for Sustainability”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 72(1).

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Published on
11 Nov 2015
Peer Reviewed