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Urban Studies Research
Volume 2012, Article ID 932571, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/932571
Research Article

Creative Careers and Territorial Development: The Role of Networks and Relational Proximity in Fashion Design

Teluq, University of Quebec, 100 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC, Canada H2X 3P2

Received 8 July 2012; Accepted 3 September 2012

Academic Editor: Jianfa Shen

Copyright © 2012 Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Geater Montreal is the third largest city in North America for the garment industry in terms of labour force, after Los Angeles and New York. The industry has however changed partly into a service industry, centered on fashion design, with a focus on international competitiveness but also the role of fashion in Montreal's economic and territorial development. Our article analyzes careers in the fashion design sector, sheds light on the evolution of creative sectors, and shows how these sectors could be better supported to favor local development, as neighborhoods and space design appear important in these creative sectors. We situate our analysis in the theoretical context of career theories, and analyze key moments in careers and the role of intermediate organizations and government programs in supporting these careers. Our paper makes a contribution to our knowledge of career paths in the fashion industry, but also to the role of relational proximity in supporting these careers, and thus local development. It highlights the importance of personal connections, the milieu in which the individual works and functions, the creativity of the individual, as well as the role of the local support organizations and professional associations, including agencies of the provincial government.