Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Margo Mensing

Second Advisor

Mary Pat Champeau


This thesis explores who and what is harmed by the production and consumption of clothing. The research investigates the roots of today's slow fashion phenomenon. The evolution of anti-consumerism, do-it-yourself culture and "upcycling" is critically examined. In the twenty-first century, various options exist for individuals looking to shop and dress in a way that is reflective of their personal ideals about social justice, animal rights and environmental protection. Since young people are so receptive to fashion trends and spend their disposable income on clothing, educating them about the impact of their choices is imperative. The appendix contains a high school unit plan demonstrating how this information may be applied in the classroom through team-building exercises and group projects.