Remake X Parsons
Meet the Maker
field research trip to cambodia with Remake & Parsons School for Design (sponsored by The Levi Strauss Foundation)
About the collaboration
In conjunction with the organization Remake, Levi Strauss Foundation, and Parsons School of Fashion, three BFA Fashion Design seniors were selected to travel to Phnom Penh, Cambodia from November 4th to the 11th, 2016 to be up close to mass production and the women who bring our design creations to life. This project is part of a series that the non-profit organization Remake calls, "Meet the Maker." The goal of these journeys are to build empathy and connections between fashion designers, makers and consumers.
This project focused on field research into maker communities to understand the connections between people who design, make, buy and create fashion. The students traveled with a team of researchers and filmmakers to learn about manufacturing and making, materials and sourcing, working conditions and labor, wages, and workers protections in the making of fashion in factory settings. The week-long trip focused on three days of interviews with various stakeholders within the fashion industry from corporate executives, factory owners, workers, to educators. A final outcome of this trip required students to incorporate their learned knowledge into their design practice, ideally in connection with their thesis work. This short research trip was an educational experience for students interested in understanding about fashion’s global supply chains, making and manufacturing in varying cultural contexts, materials and sourcing, and the possibilities towards more equitable and ethical practices in fashion production processes. Overall, the students brought back a new wealth of knowledge and drive to influence their peers/fellow designers to use fashion as a force for good, humanizing the makers behind “Made in Cambodia."