No. 1 (2023)
Shaping research

Other System: Between Waste and Appropriation An Analysis of a Different Scenario for the Fashion System

Sandra Coppola
Università degli Studi della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”
first number yellow cover of fashion highlight journal with black logo

Published 2023-06-30


  • Waste,
  • Sustainability,
  • Fashion System,
  • Pre-Consumption,
  • Post-Production

How to Cite

Coppola, S. (2023). Other System: Between Waste and Appropriation An Analysis of a Different Scenario for the Fashion System. Fashion Highlight, (1), 120–125.


Fashion industry is one of the sectors that has the highest environmental impact, furthermore, because of its supply chain, the increase of textile and clothing waste production has become a huge global concern. The fashion system must play an important role in the path towards sustainability giving the waste a bigger value than the one it has today. Luckily, new ways of production are spreading out, giving life to the “Other system”: a different, circular path that encourages an innovative eye on fashion wastes. Waste has been commonly considered as an unwanted or unusable material. Following the attempt to highlight the value of waste, this study investigates three research questions: Are there any different ways of fashion production? What are the links between them? What are the differences between the “Other system” and the traditional fashion system? For this research seventeen case studies have been considered, including textile producers and vendors, fashion brands and textile artists.


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