“My Cherished Garment”: Rethinking Fashion, Attachment and Durability

Tomás Errázuriz, Emilia Müller

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Confronted with the fashion industry’s serious socio-environmental impact and acknowledging that fast fashion provokes unstable relationships with clothing, accelerating loss of value and early disposal, this article explores those cases in which garments are still valued and attachment is strong. We are interested in identifying the motives behind the bonds that are developed toward cherished pieces of clothing. For this, we have analyzed more than 600 short stories, written by men and women from all over Chile, that justify those garments that remain in their closets for many seasons and reasons. The results allow us to identify a set of attributes and their correlations, enriching the discussion about the relationship between people and dress.

Original languageEnglish
JournalFashion Theory - Journal of Dress Body and Culture
Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2022


  • attachment
  • clothing
  • durability
  • everyday fashion
  • sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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