Fashion Design in London: The Positioning of Independent Designers within the Fashion Field

  title={Fashion Design in London: The Positioning of Independent Designers within the Fashion Field},
  author={Galina Gornostaeva and Alison Rieple},
  journal={Archives of Design Research},
Background The aim of this paper is twofold. To begin with, we add to the understanding of how the UK’s fashion industry field operates and how particularities of interactions in this field influence the entrepreneurial performance of new entrants. This builds on previous knowledge concerned with the obstacles to the creation of sustainable production chains. Secondly, we aim to explore the hypothesis that, in the UK, independent fashion design businesses are not growing as effectively as they… Expand

Figures from this paper

Unpicking the fashion city: Theoretical issues and ideal types. An empirical analysis of London.
Local governments, ‘urban-booster’ commentaries and some academic approaches have increasingly focused on the idea of the ‘fashion city’ as a strategic factor for the economic development, growth andExpand


Fashion designers as business: London
Purpose – This paper aims to provide an insight into how fashion designer businesses work and survive in London, with an understanding of business techniques and the survival strategies of BritishExpand
Product development within a clustered environment: The case of apparel design firms
Abstract A great deal of recent academic attention has been paid to the role of location and proximity on the organizing of production. This body of work has identified the likely benefits to firmsExpand
From Fashion to Design: Creative Networks in Industrial Districts
Creative industries enjoy a great deal of attention in Western economies these days. Creative industries can be identified in sectors producing new artistic artefacts, such as those occurring in theExpand
Encounters in the Global Fashion Business
This issue of Current Sociology explores the relationship between fashion as a cultural form and fashion as business through five articles by scholars who have done extensive research on the fashionExpand
Firm Entry and Institutional Lock-in: An Organizational Ecology Analysis of the Global Fashion Design Industry
Few industries are more concentrated than the global fashion industry. We analyse the geography and evolution of the ready-to-wear fashion design industry by looking at the yearly entry ratesExpand
The Evolution of a Creative Industry: The industrial dynamics and spatial evolution of the global fashion design industry
The recent growth of creative industries has raised the interest of both policy makers and academic scholars. However, we know very little about the forces that drive the development and geography ofExpand
Surviving at the Margins? Deindustrialisation, the Creative Industries, and Upgrading in London's Garment Sector
In this paper we examine trajectories of change in London's garment industry set within the contexts of deindustrialisation, increasing competitive pressures, and discursive shifts in public policyExpand
International Change and technological evolution in the Fashion Industry
textabstractThe aim of this research is to sketch out the parameters of the fashion industry. Whilst, without doubt fashion is a means of personal and cultural expression, it is also an industry.Expand
Using Design for Upgrading in the Fashion Industry
The purpose of the article is to analyze upgrading by looking at the design of fashion garments. To that end, I use the theoretical concept of contextual knowledge to understand the problems faced byExpand
Intermediation in agile global fashion supply chains
Previous studies (such as Fung et al., 2007) have revealed that in industries characterized by high degrees of agility, fragmentation and globalization, such as the fashion sector, tradeExpand