Fashion and spirituality: an examination of our relationship to clothing beyond consumption

'Abdu'l-Bahá writes, "industries have been reborn… even the details of human affairs, such as dress and personal effects… have been renewed." In the last decade, psychologists have found that clothing can serve as an extension of the self and a tool for increased well-being. Through this new lens, interest in clothing and fashion, often dismissed as trivial, takes on new meaning. This presentation will explore our relationships to clothing and utilize the principle of the independent investigation of reality as a tool to examine the fashion industry and engage with fashion in new ways.

  • Amy R. Loder

    Amy Loder is an educator and researcher whose work explores fashion and psychology, with a particular interest in fashions' links to spirituality, well-being, and memory. She began her career in the fashion industry and spent a decade in business development for tech companies. Her undergraduate studies were completed at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and she has an M.S. in Applied Psychology in Fashion from the London College of fashion. Amy currently works at Delaware Technical Community College and teaches in the Fashion Department at the University Delaware.


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The views expressed in this recording are those of the presenter and do not necessarily represent the views of the Association for Bahá’í Studies, nor the authoritative explications of Bahá’í writings.