Fashion Librarian Spotlight: Shannon Marie Robinson

Shannon Marie Robinson

Assistant Director, Fisher Fine Arts Library, University of Pennsylvania

What is your go-to resource to recommend for FTC students and/or faculty?

Since students and faculty are almost always familiar with sources like Business of Fashion or Sourcing Journal, I try to introduce them to projects that are actively changing the industry for the better. Two that offer a lot of freely available information on sustainability / waste in production and ethical labor practices are Redress and Fashion Revolution. Students can “participate” in these projects as emerging designers or as consumers. 

Are you seeing any trends in FTC student projects/topics/etc?

Sustainability is trending in all areas of design!

Tell us about a project you’re working on!

I have a personal interest in speculative design, or design that proposes alternative visions of our near and distant futures. I’m participating in a speculative design reading group that is focused on climate change, an issue that will impact every industry and nation. I’m thinking a lot about fast fashion and the overall waste and environmental destruction caused by apparel manufacturing. 

What are you currently reading?

To accompany my speculative design reading group, I’m exploring Afrofuturism through the work of Black Quantum Futurism. I’m reading Space-Time Collapse, Vol. I. This week my reading group is discussing selections from Amitav Ghosh’s The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable.

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