October 23, 2008 by nina
Centre for Sustainable Fashion presents:
Fashioning the Future Summit
London College of Fashion, London 27-28 October 2008
Plans are well underway for the Fashioning the Future Conference and Catwalk show next week.
On Monday evening, designers from around the world will present their ethical collections at the catwalk show and be judged by BFC Chairman Harold Tillman, fashion writer, broadcaster and CSF ambassador Caryn Franklin, Colin McDowell and Creative Director of the ethical fashion label Adili, Sim Scavazza.
Then on Tuesday, the Centre for Sustainable Fashion is inviting key industry informers and decision makers to debate the question: Can fashion bring about a long term lifecycle change to move us towards a more sustainable economy and better lives?
This will hopefully prompt a wider awareness of sustainable and ethical fashion within the industry and for consumers and ultimately decide how sustainable fashion will change and evolve in the future.
Check out this article about the summit at Elle online.
(Invitations to the summit have now closed)
TNS is a global market information and insight group. These findings are based on an annual TNS Workdpanel Fashion Survey conducted in June 2008, collecting the options of 7,000 demographically representative British individuals.
According to the latest Ethical Clothing Report from TNS Worldpanel Fashion:
· Three quarters of Brits say ethical considerations are important when making a purchase, more than ever before.
· Over half of consumers are skeptical of ethical claims made by certain retailers and manufacturers.
· Community benefits are more important than environmental concerns.
Three quarters of Brits say ethical considerations are important when making a purchase, up sharply from 59% last year, and one third (33%) of consumers say they are prepared to pay more for ethically produced clothing and footwear.
October 22, 2008 by nina
LIVING TEXTILES SALON
at the ICA
23 & 24 October 2008
The Textile Futures Research Group (TFRG) and the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) present a Living Textiles Salon exploring how new science technology can change the way we use textiles, and a series of presentations, talks and panels will take place over the two days.
Textile designers are uniquely placed to inhabit other design fields and cohabit with the world of science. Working processes in science and material design practice, it would seem, are very compatible. In recent years the potential of nano and bio technology, relatively new science fields has caught the imagination of a new generation of textile makers. Particularly in related design fields of fashion and architecture.
The science is here and the Textile Futures Research Group, is keen to interrogate. How much is our discipline changing and are we as designers and consumers truly ready for the next material revolution?
October 21, 2008 by nina
BWK and ELDERS aim to develop and promote an Organic certified wool-chain, from the harvesting of the raw materials, through environmental and socially responsible manufacturing, up to labeling, in order to provide a credible assurance to the consumer.
BWK have been involved in the production of organic wool for over 10 years, and now, along with ELDERS are pioneering new technology that allows the wool to be shrinkproof, but using a technique that is still is still environmentally friendly! The newly developed treatment is called: BWK EcoSoftTex or B.E.S.T, which is:
- Environmentally friendly
- Softer touch compared to conventional treatments
- Brilliant white, a better colour compared to conventional treatments
- Technical fibre
- Odour free
- Organic certification applied
October 6, 2008 by nina
Just a taste of the good things on offer at the Fashioning the Future show on 27 October. Invite only I’m afraid.
PHOTOGRAPHY – SEAN MICHAEL
DIRECTION – ROB PHILLIPS
LOOK – Manon Flener
19th November 2008
Tutor Training: Initiatives to improve working conditions
This session is open to all tutors and teaching support staff and will explore initiatives to improve conditions for garment workers, consider what more needs to be done to ensure workers’ rights are respected and look at how best to teach these issues. It will take place at Northumbria University in Newcastle. The session will include a workshop run by Fashioning an Ethical Industry and Javier Cercoles (Inditex) & Neil Kearney (ITGLWF) ‘in conversation’ on ‘New Approaches to Global Social Compliance – the Zara Story’. The session will take place on the 19th November between 11.30 – 4.30 (lunch will be available).
This session is part of a week of activities being organised by the University of Northumbria in Newcastle about ethics in fashion. It will be followed and an inaugural lecture by the newly appointed professor of ethical fashion at Northumbria, Doug Miller.
Ethical Fashion Show 2008
at the CARROUSEL DU LOUVRE
9 – 12 October 2008
Founded in 2004 by Isabelle Quéhé, Ethical Fashion Show® has become the must see trade show where traditional skills and designer wear meet:
Veja (France), Nu (France), Pachacuti (UK), Article 23 (France), Royah (Afghanistan), Céline Faizant (France), Samant Chauhan (India), Ombre Claire (France-Niger), Moda Fusion (Brazil), Pau Brasil (Brazil), Carmen Rion, Carmen Fernadez (Mexico), Eco Logika (Australia) Titi Giuilfo (Peru), José Miguel Valdivia (Peru), Van Markoviec (The Netherlands), Göttin des Glücks (Austria)…
As an information platform, Ethical Fashion Show® reserves 2 trade days on october 9th and 10th and opens its doors to the general public on the weekend (Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th October 2008). (more…)