“A Day in the Life of Daisy the Blouse Maker in 1916”: Storytelling as a Creative Research and Teaching methodology in Fashion History

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The article presents a creative storytelling methodology for working with
incomplete research materials where the desired outcome is to understand
fashion’s design and manufacturing histories from the perspective of workers
on the factory floor. Using an amalgamation of primary research from business
archives, oral histories, trade papers, and contemporary fiction, a day in
the life of a fictional blouse maker named Daisy is presented here as a short
story. Written and continually refined during the process of my doctoral
study, Daisy’s story pieces together the process of industrial blouse design
and making in the ready-made industry in Britain in the second decade of the
twentieth century. Drawing on ideas present in Actor-Network Theory, the
maker and her machine form the basis of a conjoined historical ethnographic
study. Finally, through pedagogical application, I suggest two approaches for
teaching this technique to students to heighten engagement with research,
stimulate new avenues of thought, and offer creative enjoyment during the
Original languageEnglish
JournalFashion Studies Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Dec 2022

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