A design ethnography approach to developing apparel guidelines for older women in China

Minzhi Zhang, Simeon Gill, Sonja Andrew

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Abstract

This study applies a mixed-method design ethnography approach guided by inclusive design practices, to investigate fashion preferences and design requirements for older female consumers in China. 27 Beijing women aged between 55-70 years old participated in a semi-structured interview and wardrobe study to obtain textual and visual ethnographic data. Examining the parameters of dressing preferences of these participants revealed a range of influences that informed their clothing choices and fashion perceptions. The study provides insight into the dressing requirements, clothing preferences, and apparel consumption behaviours, of an older female Chinese demographic, from a design orientated perspective. Revealing this consumer groups' specific needs can inform improved fashion design and apparel product development, enabling the creation of apparel design guidelines to assist fashion designers and companies in validating targeted product development for this demographic.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFashion Practice
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 4 Dec 2020

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