A Research Plan outlines the goals and activities of a study. Often it includes existing research context, and states a hypothesis or set of assumptions. The level of detail varies depending, where an academic study may require a more in depth plan, and an integrated study (in industry) may be more rapid and tactical.
The thesis proposal is a culmination of my Masters Thesis research to date, and a proposal for my research and design trajectory moving forward.
The problem space for this study is three fold. First, an industry that is constantly producing garments, at unprecedented rates. This is leading to harmful ecological impacts, and contributing to the un-sustainability of current human practices.
Secondly, entrenched in consumption patterns developed for economic recovery post World War II that are struggling to innovate and are incompatible with contemporary lifestyles, where economic prosperity looks significantly different than in previous generations, and ownership has become a burden as density increases and personal property decreases. On top of this younger generations are becoming more mobile. They are using mobile technology, they are shifting jobs and personal directions constantly, and they are moving globally for work, pleasure, and family.
Third, a fashion industry that is responding quite slowly to the above changes and issues. What response they are undergoing is often to remedy current situations, however these interventions are doing little to envision what the future of garment use, and fashion really could be. How could we reduce the impact of the clothing industry, while providing unique and exciting experiences that will help users transition to less consumptive habits. This is where my thesis is positioned.