The Dharma of Fashion: A Buddhist Approach to Our Life with Clothes

Otto von Busch, text contributions by Josh Korda, illustrations by Jesse Bercowetz

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Our desires for fashion, our addiction to cheap clothes, our fixation on surface looks . . . can we find ways to make what we wear more positive? Here’s a quirky, irreverent way to consider what’s a more sustainable way to be with—and still enjoy—fashion. This little book shows that fashion isn’t shallow but connects us to the depths of existence. Especially today, fashion can tell us something about life, and this series of meditations and conversations between fashion "hacktivist" von Busch and Buddhist teacher Josh Korda shows how a Buddhist perspective on fashion can help us engage with clothes in wiser ways. It may seem a Buddhist approach to fashion would be about denying fashion and living an ascetic life in dull robes. However, Buddhism can teach us to be more present and take more pleasure in fashion. With practice and reflection, we can live a wiser life with the consumption of clothes. Includes "action exercises" to help put ideas into practice in your life and closet.

Size: 5" x 8" | 23 images | 96 pp
ISBN13: 9780764358944

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Otto von Busch is an associate professor of integrated design at Parsons School of Design. He holds a PhD in design from the School of Design and Craft at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and has taught and exhibited work on topics of fashion and empowerment over the last fifteen years. He has a background in arts, craft, design, and theory, and his projects explore how design, and especially fashion, can mobilize community capabilities through collaborative craft and social activism.