What is Modular Fashion: Towards A Common Definition

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Modular garments are defined as clothing items that can be dis/assembled into multiple parts without having to sew individual parts together. Instead, different parts (e.g., sleeves, collar) can be zipped or buttoned on to the main body. Modular garments have increasingly gained attention as a sustainable design strategy, as they (modular garments) have the potential to extend the lifetime of garments by exchanging modules and thus, also revolutionise business models and the way consumers shop. Although modular garments have gained increased attention, there is currently a lack of what ‘modular garments’ constitute, and this may differ from modular fashion.
This paper provides a definition of modular garments and modular fashion by reviewing the origin and development of the term modularity. Although examples illustrating the concepts of modular garments and modular fashion are exclusive to modular outerwear, this paper provides a conceptual foundation for future research on modular garments and modular fashion.
Original languageEnglish
JournalResources, Conservation and Recycling
Early online date16 Feb 2024
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2024


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