The course was developed by the Centre in 2008 as a key facet of the Centre’s work towards fostering sustainability throughout education, and promoting dialogue between forward-thinking students and experienced practitioners, in order to challenge society’s idea of fashion and relationships with the world around us.
Image: Ivan Dauritz, MA Fashion & the Environment
The MA course added to the lively discussion around ‘What is the Role of Fashion Education in our Changing World?’, during the first Design for Sustainability Educators Network Event, hosted at the London College of Fashion on Tuesday 5th December, where graduates from the course were able to contribute their own experiences and journey on the MA course.
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‘Design Against Fur’ a design competition run by the Fur Free Alliance set London College Fashion students the task of designing without animal products. LCF took it one step further by asking students to use animals and nature as their inspiration and the motto ‘don’t use fur use your imagination.’ The results were beautifully crafted pieces that incorporated new technologies. One of the outcomes was the ‘HyperNatureSuperHuman’ film which demonstrated that no animal need be used to produce beautiful fashion.
Diversity NOW! Is the latest campaign from the award winning team at All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, founded by Erin O’Connor, Caryn Franklin and Debra Bourne. Diversity NOW! presented by All Walks in association with i-D is a national student competition open to colleges all over the UK. Sponsored by Succeed Foundation, Arts Thread and Graduate Fashion Week, the competition aims to empower the next generation of creatives in design, film, photography and journalism to create a future that celebrates individuality and promotes a broader range of beauty ideals.
Diversity NOW is open al ALL creatives including but not limited to Menswear, Womenswear, Film, Photography, Journalism and Illustration. All Walks and i-D are looking for directional and aspirational work showcasing fashion on a range of bodies/individuals. Selected works will be displayed on the All Walks Beyond the Catwalk stand at Graduate Fashion Week June 2013 and the winning students’ work will be published on i-D Online, All Walks Online and Arts Thread Online.
If you are an LCF student interested in participating in Diversity NOW! you have the chance to attend an information session, where Caryn Franklyn (via Skype) will go through this exciting opportunity in detail:
Tuesday 23 October 5pm-6:30pmLondon College of FashionRHS Centre Space
To register your attendance please email email@example.com with your name and course details.
The SEED fund offers all UAL students, graduates (within 3 years of graduating) and staff the opportunity to develop a creative idea into a viable business or practice. A series of grants of up to £5,000 are available for the creation of innovative projects and businesses. If you’re successful in your application, you’ll also get access to a special business and intellectual property support programme. Submissions should provide an innovative idea or concept, demonstrate market understanding and show the potential to survive and grow
To read more detail and make an application click here
Logica has launched Sustainable Stories, an exciting competition aimed at showcasing local sustainability projects. Entrants will be able to showcase their work, connect with like-minded individuals and interact with Logica experts.
The competition is open to people in the UK, Netherlands, Finland, France, Germany and Sweden. One deserving winner will receive €20,000 worth of consultancy from Logica’s team of sustainability experts, to help strategise and implement their project. Projects will be judged on their level of creativity and innovation by a panel of sustainability experts including: Prof. Dr. Dr. Ervin Laszlo, founder and President of the Club of Budapest, Professor Mark Maslin, climatologist at University College London and Tom Raftery, Principal Analyst for GreenMonk.
The competition closes on 24 April 2012 with results announced on 29th May
To upload your project or to discover other sustainability projects happening click here
The Mayor of London has announced that students in further and higher education have the opportunity to apply for cash awards for their ideas to reduce the use of electricity and fossil fuels in London’s homes and workplaces. A total of £20,000 is available to help turn the best ideas into reality. The prize is open to all students in further and higher education institutions in Greater London.
Students should complete the application form provided, outlining their project idea, budget and providing a strong case for funding. Proposals will be evaluated by a judging panel of experts from industry and academia who will be looking for commercially viable options with the potential for significant carbon reductions and return on investment over a reasonable period of time.
The closing date for submissions is 29th February 2012.
Front Row Society and Christian Aid are looking for creative and innovative designers, to illustrate how climate change is affecting the environment. They are looking for print designs inspired by ‘The World Around Us’, in a way that will show others the environmental impact of fashion consumption.
To enter the competition each designer must submit print designs representing ‘The World Around Us’. The top designs will be voted for online by participants and short-listed prints will be displayed in an ethical fashion show during London Fashion Week and the winning design will be made into an ethical bag and sold on FRS. €5 of each sale will be donated to Christian Aid projects which are helping to eradicate poverty across the globe.
For more details about this competition and to download a submission pack click here.
The Design a Dress Competition is calling all emerging fashion designers to construct a dress out of used paper. What kind of used paper is up to you, newspaper, wrapping paper, note paper, any kind or paper as long as its recycled! Simply post a picture of your creation on the British Vogue Facebook page and ask everyone you know to vote as much as they can for your dress between December 1-7. The 10 most-voted-for dresses will be published on VOGUE.COM during online fashion week and the Winner’s dress will be manufactured (from a sustainable fabric of course) and sold along Matches’ own label, Freda, during Spring/Summer 12. The contest is open from November 9 – 30.
The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is an international creative competition from the Dutch Postcode Lottery, championed in the UK by its sister lottery the People’s Postcode Lottery. The competition encourages would- be entrepreneurs to submit creative and innovative ideas for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A top prize of over £440,000 (€500,000) will be presented to the entrant with the best idea to execute his or her business plan. A further £175,000 (€200,000) will be available to runners up.
The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is aimed at creative, innovative people who can instigate change. The jury is looking for products and services that could contribute to an eco-friendly lifestyle and directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in addition to scoring well on convenience, quality and design.
Entries for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2011 can be submitted up until July 29th via www.greenchallenge.info. Between five and seven finalists will present to a jury on the 14th September in Amsterdam, with an Awards Ceremony to be held the next day.
Previous finalists 2007 In 2007, jury chairman Sir Richard Branson presented the top €500,000 prize to Igor Kluin of Qurrent, for his Qbox. The Qbox enables people to generate their own energy locally from renewable sources. Other finalists presented a solar lamp, low-emissions goods transport, an online green initiative, and a climate-friendly clubbing initiative.
2008 In 2008, 23-year-old American Eben Bayer won the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge for his revolutionary building material,Greensulate. Bayer and his team invented an insulation material made of biological waste material treated with a special fungus. The jury felt Greensulate could decrease CO2 emissions on a global scale and revolutionise the building industry. An extra €100,000 prize was awarded to runner-up Capra J’neva, whose company, Veranda Solar, develops easy-to-use energy panels.
2009 A nearly invisible rooftop wind turbine was awarded the top prize in 2009. “It’s beyond a dream,” said English entrepreneur Dean Gregory when Skype founder Niklas Zennström, one of the contest jurors, announced his name. Two runners-up presented ideas benefitting the haulage industry. The online transport marketplace Shiply.com matches people shipping goods with truckers already going in the right direction, making the industry more efficient. The Ephicas SideWing truck trailer skirt lowers wind resistance by guiding airflow, cutting fuel use.
2010 Scot Frank won in 2010 for the affordable portable solar concentrator SolSource. The SolSource is a light, foldable device that harnesses the sun’s energy to cook, generate heat and light, and charge mobile phones. It eliminates indoor air pollution from dung- and wood-burning ovens. The device, to be produced from local materials in its target markets and sold for €10, will be a boon in developing countries.
THE STORY SO FAR/
20 days to go until the submission deadline on 15th June 2011. 1300+ individuals registered for the awards to date. Top 10 regions registered: UK, USA, India, Australia, Singapore, Canada, South America, Spain, Germany and Finland
The 2011 awards are a showcase for exceptional work that celebrates ‘Unique’ ways to create our futures. We invite students and recent graduates to provoke and nurture ‘Unique’ responses to our collective desire for a thriving world in 5 Award Categories. Inspire the industry in a radically new and different direction!
BENEFITS TO WINNERS / Inspire the industry in a radically new and different direction!
Prizes £1000 prize for each winner in the 5 categories
Showcase Showcased at a major London exhibition at Canary Wharf, finalists will have their work captured through film, photography, display and interactive media. The showcase is a platform to the fashion sector of the best emerging talent equipped and prepared to contribute to our collective prosperity. Become part of a community and participate in a dialogue relevant to all young designers in fashion.
Submit your work online for your chosen category below.
Use the Fashioning the Future Applicant and Tutor Pack to view the criteria for each award and prepare your entry.
Applicants can submit work for one or more of the award(s) categories.
Submissions can be from individuals, collaborations, group projects and/or organisations.
Submission Criteria: Each entrant must submit a written context behind the idea: maximum 250 words with up to 8 sheets of visuals, as applicable.
Each entrant must also submit a written, visual, audio visual OR technical submission relating to your enterprise initiative for the future fashion industry in one of the following formats:
Written work: 2500 words maximum upload as a pdf
Media: 30 minutes audio visual maximum upload as .mov file 10MB
Images: Digital display of 1 piece of practical work (sample swatches or a finished collection, a maximum of 6 outfits, shoes or accessories) upload as jpeg, tiff, png
Submission Criteria: Each entrant must submit a written and/or visual context behind the choice of materials and / or processes and their role in the complete design, development and existence of a product.
Written work: 100 words maximum upload as a pdf.
Images: 8 visuals maximum upload as jpeg, tiff, png.
Each entrant must also submit a practical, written or technical submission relating to the material/ process.
Written work: 2500 words upload as a pdf.
Images: Digital display of practical work 6 pieces maximum upload as jpeg, tiff, png.