Paradigm Change in the Asian Fashion Industry: In terms of Production, Consumption and Trade

  • Son, Mi Young (Dept. of Home Economics, Korea National Open University) ;
  • Yoon, Namhee (Dept. of Home Economics, Korea National Open University)
  • Received : 2014.09.02
  • Accepted : 2014.11.25
  • Published : 2014.12.30


This study focuses on apparel production and consumption trends in major Asian economies in order to understand a paradigm change in the Asian fashion industry. A comparison of trade among ASEAN, NICs, and developed countries shows the changes that have occurred in terms of production and consumption of fashion products before and after 2000 in Korea, Hong Kong, and China. The flow of imports and exports in the apparel industry was analyzed using UN trade statistics data. The results found a change of industry structures in Asian NICs and ASEAN countries. Garment production bases have moved to lower cost regions like China and ASEAN; in addition, NICs sent a part of their export business in the fashion industry to ASEAN countries. The Asian fashion industry has transformed from a production base for developed countries into a consumption market with the emergence of newly industrializing economies.


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