Fashioning an Ethical Industry
Providing education about the impact of the fashion industry across the globe is an integral part of promoting sustainability in the industry, and the work done by Fashioning an Ethical Industry (FEI) encourages change now and in the future for generations of workers.
FEI run student workshops, organise tutor training events, provide resources for teaching, work with tutors to help them incorporate issues such as labour rights, and embed social responsibility into teachings across the fashion spectrum.
FEI use their training events to encourage staff and students to critically examine the workers’ rights as they are now and push and encourage initiatives that will improve conditions in the future. The workshops build on the existing knowledge and experience of staff and students through role play, film and presentations.
For things to really change in the fashion industry the role of education must not be neglected and through their work FEI really lays the foundation stones for this change. The project leaders Liz Parker and Hannah Higginson share between them a wealth of understanding and expertise and can be credited with playing an instrumental role in changing the way fashion is taught in the UK.
Their most recent success is the release of Sustainable Fashion: A handbook for educators. This offers practical teaching tools for fashion educators across the disciplines of design, business and marketing, bringing together contributions from across the globe to empower and inform.