February 28, 2013 by Charlotte
Last night the first ever Guardian University Award winners were announced in a London ceremony hosted by BBC education correspondent Reeta Chakrabarti, and we are extremely pleased to congratulate University of Wales, Trinity St David for winning in the Sustainability project category. The awards ‘celebrate the best of Britain’s universities and act as a benchmark for excellence across the higher education sector’.
The Institute for Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) was launched in 2012 to embed sustainability through the curriculum, campus, community and culture of the university. Judges said that it showed a powerful vision that went right through the curriculum and highly commended the university on their creativity.
Centre for Sustainable Fashion has been working with the support of Jane Davidson, Director of INSPIRE, on the development of the Green Academy programme, through which we aim to develop long-term transformational change for sustainability across the London College of Fashion and University of the Arts London. We are proud to be embarking on this programme to explore strategic and holistic ways to embed sustainable development throughout the student experience, and to be working with other exemplary institutions such as University of Wales, Trinity St. David.
November 29, 2012 by Charlotte
The Centre of Sustainable Fashion is delighted to announce that the Centre’s founder and director Dilys Williams has been nominated by the Ethical Fashion Forum SOURCE Awards 2012 for her outstanding contribution to sustainable fashion.
The nomination is a result of constant and unrelenting dedication and support for sustainable fashion over the years as a designer, people connector, educator and visionary of sustainability principles, which has made a significant contribution to helping put sustainability on the agenda for the industry. Dilys believes that there are myriad ways in which we can engage human ingenuity towards a world in which we can all prosper and thrive.
In recent years Dilys has been instrumental in the setup and development of the Centre and its educational, enterprise and research activities. The Centre was established to provoke, challenge and question the fashion status quo through collaboration, designing transforming solutions that balance ecology, society and culture.
The SOURCE Awards put the spotlight on the most innovative and inspirational businesses, individuals, and initiatives in the fashion industry, globally.
The awards recognise excellence in 12 different categories, from design innovation to brand leadership across women’s, men’s, accessories, and children’s wear, sustainable supply / manufacture, education, retail, and individual contribution.
Final winners will be announced at a reception event on 4th December in London.
June 22, 2012 by amucklow
Welcome to Rio +20
Despite grey, dreary, overcast skies; rain; a seeming lack of political support in some quarters and palatable disappointment over what is or rather, what is not included in the final outcomes of Rio +20, there have still been some things to celebrate.
Bumping into Captain Planet (and the composer of the catchy theme-tune) notwithstanding, there was a lot of hope and optimism on behalf of the activists, lobbyists and young people that the small solutions being talked about and planned were helpful and would go some way in solving some of the issues at stake. Providing a forum and meeting place for people and ideas is certainly a positive part of the conference experience.
There have been many side events, debates and discussions as well as the People’s Summit or Cúpula dos Povos, in which people without UN accreditation could attend and put forward their ideas and expectations. This afternoon, away from the negotiations there has been music, dancing, a lot of talking and a sharing of ideas.
So, what of fashion. While, it may not have been on everyone’s mind, the issues being hotly discussed and disagreed upon, all feature in discussions on sustainable fashion. Brazilian brand Osklen, took the opportunity of all eyes on Rio, to host a launch party for a new range of sustainabley sourced t-shirts, and a charity tee for the Fundação Amazonas Sustentável, an organisation that works on projects in the Amazon area of the country – and a hot topic for everyone, here at Rio +20 and beyond. A quick chat with Oskar Metsavaht, the owner of Osklen, revealed his thoughts towards sustainability in the fashion supply chain – slowly and clearly, were two words that peppered the conversation and a remainer that some stages of innovation are costly, but a worthwhile investment all the same.
September 16, 2011 by Hatty
Looking for an inspiring round off to London Fashion Week? On the 22nd of September, up and coming sustainable fashion brand Antiform will be hosting the launch of their new A/W 2011/12 collection at their London stockist and sustainable design studio, Here Today Here Tomorrow.
Offering garments which have directional design with a heritage influence, an Antiform piece screams to be picked up, to be worn, to be cherished and to engage with the wearer’s unique style. However, it doesn’t end there! The brand was also runner up in the Observer Ethical Awards 2010, achieving recognition for continuing to push the boundaries of wearable design whilst ensuring that their clothing is ethical, affordable and sustainably made.
In fact, ‘sustainably made’ is somewhat of an understatement. Antiform is a brand which takes slow fashion’s creative sustainability to a whole new level; sourcing all materials within a 20 mile radius of their Leeds based studio boutique, not to mention producing their garments using the incredible wealth of local talent in the area, and in doing so, uncovering and supporting resources which had been tragically laying dormant.
To make the event even more special, Here Today Here Tomorrow will be offering 20% off Antiform’s new collection on the evening.
The launch will be taking place on the 22nd of September from 5-9pm at Here Today Here Tomorrow (30A Balls Pond Road, Dalston, London, N1 4AU)
June 22, 2011 by Hatty
Retread-Your-Threads: Energy and fashion from unwanted materials
Supplier of 100% green and 100% renewable electricity, Green Energy UK has teamed up with Wayne Hemingway and the Hemingway Design team to run a live Retread-Your-Threads fashion catwalk at Vintage at Southbank Centre, and you can use your fashion expertise and be one of the judges.
As well as being a Retread-Your-Threads judge, Green Energy UK will also give you and a friend tickets to a day and night at Britain’s cultural event of the year. To win this fantastic prize and £100 to spend on travel and Vintage goodies, Green Energy UK is issuing a fashion challenge. Green Energy UK buys energy generated from things that would otherwise go to waste, and using the company’s ethos of giving new life to old, they want you to retread threads and turn sad rags into glad rags.
Visit www.greenenergyuk.com/vintage to upload a picture of yourself wearing the new outfit you’ve created using old or vintage clothes, and tell the company why you should win. The first 20 entrants will also receive a limited edition Vintage designed rosette.
Green Energy UK chief executive, Doug Stewart, says: “Vintage at Southbank Centre promises to be a great event celebrating the rich history of 20th century British culture.
Like Vintage we love the idea of breathing new life into old and using it to good effect. We do this in our own way by taking what’s discarded and recycling it into cleaner greener electricity to power people’s homes and businesses. With Retread-Your-Threads we hope to show that giving new life to old clothes is fun, creative and rewarding. Throwing things away is crazy- there is no “AWAY” so lets have fun instead.”
The winner of Green Energy UK’s online Retread-Your-Threads competition will receive a Vintage Friday Pass + The Electronic Phuture Revue ticket that gives exclusive access to the Vintage at Southbank Centre celebrations at Royal Festival Hall on Friday 29 July, and the ’80s revue show that evening, with new acts and legends performing throughout the day, (for more information www.vintagebyhemingway.co.uk/). The competition closes Saturday 16 July.
Notes to editors
About Green Energy UK
Green Energy UK supplies 100% renewable and 100% green electricity to homes and businesses across the UK. The company, British-owned and Hertfordshire-based, has grown substantially since it was established in 2001 and has built up a broad spectrum of customers, from homes using only £200 of electricity per annum to environmentally aware businesses such as Waitrose, Neals Yard and the Duchy of Cornwall. Green Energy UK has an unusual and radical business model: it is giving away half of the business in with the first 100,000 customers receiving 400 shares each. Green Energy was the first electricity supplier to offer customers a choice of either 100% green or 100% renewable electricity. More information is available at www.greenenergyuk.com
For one glamorous weekend Vintage at Southbank Centre celebrates music, fashion, film, art, design and dance from the 1920s to the 1980s (and maybe even a peek at the early ‘90s) that has made Britain the world’s creative and cultural hotbed. The Vintage festival concept was developed by Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway and the Hemingway Design team and had its birth in August 2010. Vintage 2010 attracted over 50,000 people and won Best New Festival at the 2010 Festival Awards.
June 16, 2011 by Hatty
MA Fashion and the Environment
We are recruiting for a Course Leader for this groundbreaking course that has produced graduates who evolve new visions for the fashion industry through their work.
This is an opportunity to join our team and to steer the path for the course. We are looking for somebody who can engage the students in new directions underpinned by new approaches to design that shape and respond to real world conditions as they evolve.
Please follow the link to the University’s vacancies page for full details of this position and note that all enquiries relating to this role should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org, and not to the CSF.
June 15, 2011 by Hatty
HERE TODAY HERE TOMORROW is a collaborative & innovative shop/studio that is used to make, showcase & sell sustainable fashion & accessories.
Having recently celebrated out 6 month anniversary since opening, we are now delighted to announce our first series of practical workshops. The ‘Creative Summer Sundays’ will be running throughout July and August, offering people a variety of different projects to get involved in. The unique set up of HERE TODAY HERE TOMORROW means that each of the four founding practitioners has different knowledge and expertise on offer, so there will be a workshop to suit different interests and tastes.
July 3rd Revamp Your Wardrobe
Give old and unworn clothing a new lease of life at this customisation workshop.
July 10th Purses Purses
Learn how to make your own zipped purse, made with vintage or reclaimed materials.
July 17th Soft Toys
Learn basic sewing skills to make a cute soft toy for a loved one or for yourself.
July 24th Clothes Rustle
Swap shop! Bring along your old items and swap them for something new.
July 31st Dinner to Dye for
Natural dyeing, cocktails, nibbles and dessert making use of London’s Summer botanicals. Learn how to dye with seasonal plants and enjoy a delicious menu crafted from the same ingredients.
August 7th Purses Purses
August 14th Soft Toys
August 21st Clothes Rustle
Prices range from £30 to £40 per person, and classes will run from 2-5pm on Sunday afternoons throughout July and August. Tea and cake refreshments will be provided!
Further details about the classes are available on the
blog – heretodayheretomorrowblog.wordpress.com
May 25, 2011 by Hatty
Community Repair Exhibition
By Danielle Sponder Testa
This last term at LCF the MA Fashion and the Environment class worked with Otto von Busch on a project called ‘Community Repair: Strategic Social Skill Mobilization for Sustainable Fashion.’ This unique and challenging project was centered around the impact garment repair can have on a community. Each of the 14 students in the class sought out unique participants from our neighborhoods to help us repair a garment that we had worn and loved. Originally scared an unsure of the challenge to meet new people and engage them in an activity they may have never thought to do themselves, we were all surprised by the engaging attitudes of our community members. From lawyers, hat makers, and shoe makers to passengers on a Eurostar train, every participant had their own story and own reason for taking part in this project. In the end we were asked what impact this repair has had on our emotional attachment to the garment, but realized it also had a deep impact on the emotional attachment to our communities and ourselves. Many of us discovered people and places right near our homes that we never would have taken a second look at had this project not challenged us to explore our surroundings.
Personally, I was in awe of the varied outcomes and, along with others in my class, believed this project was worth sharing. Having a relationship with the course and LCF, Jules Hau and Greg Shaw of Foundation Agency generously offered their showroom space to use for an exhibit. We then got to work on organizing a pop-up gallery to further welcome the London community into this project. We worked within our Fashion and the Environment Community to put together advertising, press releases, displays, personal summaries, a video projection, food, drinks and easily accessible excerpts from Otto’s work to come together in a one-of-a-kind exhibition that we shared with the public this past weekend.
On Saturday 14 May we had a Private View for LCF faculty, industry professionals, and of course family and friends. The night was filled with music, drinks, food, and a brief speech from Dilys Williams and Otto von Busch discussing the project, its impact and significance. It was a well received exhibit that we would love to continue sharing. The gallery may not be available any more, but publications still are! Feel free to contact us to receive the magazine that contains personal accounts of the experience from the MA students as well as theory and research by Otto Von Busch. If you made it to the exhibit we hope you enjoyed it!
May 10, 2011 by Hatty
Community Repair: Strategic Skill Mobilisation for Sustainable Fashion
Community Repair is an artistic research project initiated by Otto von Busch with support from the Centre for Sustainable Fashion and undertaken by our MA Fashion and the Environment students as part of their Sustainability Solutions Unit.
Throughout the project, students have explored how craft skills among members of their local communities can be mobilised for the repair or adjustment of a garment; and how the compassion for a garment, the crafting of a shared memory and the mending of a social skin can be the needle on which the thread of gifts and exchanges can stitch up a shattered community.
Fashion is a manifestation of the importance of our connections. We use the visual signals of our clothes and style to relate to others and to our evolving world, society and culture.
Strategic Repair explores the idea of reciprocity through the act of making together and connecting within our communities, using an existing starting point of value and developing that value.
Dilys Williams, Director Centre for Sustainable Fashion
Course Director, MA Fashion and the Environment, LCF
The repaired fashion items will feature alongside stunning photographs of the students wearing their garments within their communities in this fantastic exhibition developed and curated by the students.
Fashion is a vehicle of identity in the social play of everyday life. As a commodity the fashion garment and accessory enacts wishes for imitation as well as autonomy and its ephemeral qualities make us continuously re-enact social relations.
As an effort towards sustainability, fashion needs to embrace repair as a designed feature for everyday clothes. If sustainable fashion takes repair seriously, designers might be able to reengage communities in strategic collaborations for repair; using the broken object to mend the social fabric scattered by the status anxiety of fashion.
Otto von Busch
School of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg
The work will be showcased:
On: Saturday 14th May – Sunday 15th May 2011
49-59 Old Street
April 28, 2011 by Hatty
Interested in volunteering in the fashion area at the London Green Fair this June?
The London Green Fair, taking place in Regents Park from 4-5th June 2011, is a free festival that reflects the green aspirations and achievements of London as a whole, as well as providing an enjoyable and engaging day out for people from all walks of life.
MA Fashion and the Environment graduate Saida Bruce is coordinating the fashion area this year and, with the help of her fellow graduates, will be running a range of fantastic workshops throughout the weekend including up-cycling/customising, bag making and knitting workshops, as well as a swap shop and fashion show on Sunday 5th June.
Saida is looking for:
volunteers to assist with and/or run workshops
volunteers to coordinate the swap shop; giving out tickets and communicating how the swap shop works to participants
dressers back stage at the catwalk show
models for the catwalk show
If you are interested in being involved in any of the above please contact Saida directly: email@example.com