Creative Fabric: Mapping Community Connection in NYC’s Garment District
Cecilia Jakovljevic, MS Data Analytics and Visualization ’23
School of Design, Fashion Design
Creative Fabric: Mapping Community Connection in NYC’s Garment District is a digital humanities project that employs both geographic and network mapping to illustrate the relationships within New York City’s Garment District necessary to sustain this creative ecosystem.
The Garment District presents a uniquely urgent site for inquiry— this vibrant cluster of manufacturers, suppliers, and specialty studios has provided the foundation for New York’s fashion industry for over a century and is now at risk of disappearing due to decades of disinvestment and devaluation of the predominantly BIPOC and immigrant individuals who make up the majority of this highly-skilled workforce.