Department of Textile and Clothing Design

 | Clothing Design | Research |


Emergence of Luxury:
Multidisciplinary Approach to Hidden Values and Pleasure Factors in New Design Products in Different Societal Communities

Research Programme for Industrial Design
2004 - 2007  


The goal of the project is to establish a conceptual framework for describing the nature of design products in the clothing industry. The conceptual framework accommodates perspectives of both historical and future-oriented research. The project will analyze the significance of the tacit knowledge and design competence that are invested in products as reflected in the experiences of different users and communities using the products.

The project will describe and analyze early brand thinking and undertake modeling the course such thinking might take in the future. The collected empirical data explores the experiences of communities and individuals using design and luxury products. Drawing on research findings and empirical data the project will create design concepts, study their usability and acceptability, and examine the formation of socio-economic status and identity among different user communities.

The results of the project can be directly utilized in the research, design and marketing processes in the apparel industry. The project will yield focused knowledge on the interaction between designer, product and end-user as well as insights into how this knowledge may best be applied in the clothing industry of the future. The research and development undertaken here will provide a foundation for understanding the choices and decisions that consumers make as well as the values that different communities emphasize where new, emerging products are concerned.

| Academy of Finland |

| Industrial Design |

| University of Lapland, University of Helsinki |

| University of Lapland |
| Faculty of Art and Design | Department of Textile and Clothing Design |

Professor Minna Uotila
Box 122, 96101 Rovaniemi
Gsm +358  040 556 2893
Fax +358 016 341 2333

Researcher Pertti Aula
(till 11/2005)
Tel +358 016 341 2347
Fax +358 016 341 2333

Researcher Petra Falin
(till 02/2006)

Researcher Piia Rytilahti
Tel +358 016 341 2315
Gsm +358 040 577 8943
Fax +358 016 341 2361

 | University of Helsinki  |
| Faculty of Behavioural Sciences | Department of Home Economics and Craft Science |
Researcher Ritva Koskennurmi-Sivonen
Box 8, 00014 University of Helsinki
Tel +358 09 191 29724
Fax +358 09 191 29701