The Influence of Technological Improvement in the Development of Ready-to-Wear from 1850 to 1920s: The Implications for the Future of the Apparel Industry

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Presentation given at the International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference. The purpose of this study is to research the influence of technological improvement in the clothing industry after sewing machine was invented in 1846, in order to apply the interpretation of this research to the direction for future apparel manufacturing system. The qualitative research method was used to find the answers for following questions: What did clothing industry do with sewing machine invention in their manufacturing system? Will new technology change the shape of both fashion industry and our culture as it happened in the past? And it should be the same frame or it should the different approach? Although the purpose of this research was finding the answers for questions and predicting where current fashion industry will go further with which types of new technology and strategy, this study also have led researcher to look at another direction for the future of apparel industry.


International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference


St. Petersburg, FL