6. Fashion Design for Sustainability
Sustainability influences all of us who design, produce and wear fashion clothes. Phenomena as varied as water scarcity, climate change and a growing global population of fashion consumers indicate that "business-as-usual" or "-almost-as-usual" in the fashion sector is insufficient to meet the challenge of sustainability. Although many fashion and clothing products and associated business practices are now to create and market a new offer of "green" or "ethical" fashion products, rarely, if at all, do these have foundations in all four pillars of sustainability:
environmental restoration, economic prosperity, social well-being, and cultural vitality. Therefore we specifically invite contributions that reflect holistic and systemic approaches to sustainability in fashion. We recognize that many of these papers may come from scholars and thinkers outside of the conventionally framed fashion and design disciplines.
Further, we wish to highlight the discussion about the potential of fashion as a "disruptive" social and cultural transformatory driver. As such we invite contributions which explore the aesthetic and ethical dimensions of fashion practice seeking cultural and social transformation towards sustainability, not only linked to the design and production of different products, but also the design of new "visions" of an alternative future based on different ways of thinking and acting.
- Holistic and systemic approaches to fashion
- Fashion design and fashion communication as driver for disruptive social and cultural transformation
- Radical approaches to fashion design
- New models for fashion management
- Sustainability generating tools for fashion design
- New tools and new materials for fashion design
A short biography of convenors
Simonetta Carbonaro, is professor in Design Management at the Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, where she has been directing The Design of Prosperity project since 2006. Her research is focused on Consumer Insight /Foresight and Humanistic Marketing. She is visiting professor at the London College of Fashion.
Kate Fletcher is Reader in Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion and director of the consultancy group, Slow Fashion. She advises and participates in fashion and sustainability initiatives around the globe including the UK's All Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion. Kate is the author of Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys.
Pammi Sinha is Subject Leader for Textiles at the University of Huddersfield and is PI for "End of Life Management of Textiles" project examining the fate of discarded second hand clothing in Tanzania. Her research focuses on how the designer and the design process can contribute to sustainability within developing economies.
Lisbeth Svengren Holm, professor, Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, where she is head of Fashion, Function, Futures (F:3), an inter-departmental platform for research in the fashion and textile industry with focus on sustainability. Current research is a project on creative leadership in the fashion and design industry.
Clemens Thornquist is professor in fashion design at the Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås Sweden. His research focuses on the intersection of art, philosophy and organisation and has resulted in numerous original works and exhibitions.