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.
December 7, 2012 by Charlotte
Centre for Sustainable Fashion recently hosted the first in a series of events aimed at fashion educators to discuss and raise the profile of design for sustainability in fashion education.
The first event, a debate questioning ‘What is the role of fashion education in our changing world?’ involved key fashion educators and activists engaging in a lively debate to find ways in which we can explore fashion education, to improve student experience and foster sustainability throughout the curriculum.
The panel was chaired by Nina Stevenson – Education & Curriculum Development Manager, CSF and included:
Dilys Williams – Director, CSF
Kate Fletcher – Reader in Sustainable Fashion, CSF
Gemma Robertson – Graduate Recruitment Manager, ASOS
Lesley Raven – Senior Outreach Coordinator, LCF
Frankie Moloney – Students’ Union Vice President for LCF
Dilys opened the discussion by asking, we are almost at the end of the , but has much changed in fashion education?
We should be looking at fashion education as an exploration of self in connection to place, through the practice of fashion, and as a forum for self-contemplative work:
‘Time spent in fashion education can be a precious and vital place for change at a profound level – if it is about education of the person, through practice of fashion that really is relevant to time and place.’ Dilys Williams
‘Universities can be hierarchical in their knowledge structure – they value industrial knowledge above all else, which doesn’t give space for self-contemplative work.’ Kate Fletcher
From a student’s perspective, ‘fashion education is integral to finding like-minded people and creating networks and there is great value in the experience of those teaching.’ Frankie Moloney
Part of this networking value was highlighted in creating university and business dialogue through placements. ‘Working with a broad range of companies gives a strong overview of the industry, and showcases the creativity that can be nurtured in a university context.’ Gemma Robertson of ASOS explained. ‘Networking and attending events ensures you will make an impression and recruiters will remember you’, she continued, highlighting the importance of a genuine understanding of the role and market level being applied for, having recruited approximately 96 graduates in the past six months.
Within a university setting, there is ‘the need to promote collaborative working and creative thinking in education models, to create a community of practice to enable continuous improvement.’ Lesley Raven
‘We need to engage our imaginations in the ingenuity needed to get us beyond the tweaks at the edges that are obviously not making enough of a difference to how we live– fashion gives us an opportunity as it should be a barometer of change relevant to time, people and our natural world, upon which we all revolve.‘ Dilys Williams
The discussion then moved to the audience for insightful comment and probing questions. When asked about allowing space for thought, experimentation and balance within curriculum, Kate responded, ‘most of the world focus is on narrowing peoples perspective on things. Within sustainability it’s almost a progressive broadening you need. The challenge is to get people to become experts in a synthesis where they put things together instead of taking them apart.”
This challenge is being addressed within Centre for Sustainable Fashion through initiatives such as MA Fashion and the Environment at the London College of Fashion, which was that same night awarded the Ethical Fashion Forum Source Award for Educational Innovation. The course was set up five years ago by Dilys Williams as a vital part of the development of the Centre’s work, to engage a multi way flow between the research and consultancy practitioners in the centre and burgeoning creative sustainability led postgraduate students. Susan Postlewaite, now course leader of the programme is currently collating this year’s graduate work for exhibition during London Fashion Week in February 2013.
The evening provided rich and diverse discussion regarding fashion education and set an agenda for future work, which will be continued through the network, for which details will be posted in the new year.
‘We need to encourage people to foster a sense of balance. It’s at the heart of a set of values that are different, and us showing that fashion can be different. Education is for life, not for a moment or for a score card.’ Kate Fletcher
The evening concluded with a final comment from a recent graduate, Alina Moat, ‘the best thing about the MA Fashion & Environment course is that normally courses are designed primarily around the idea of success. This offered the opportunity for failure – meaning showing that you can learn from mistakes and build on them; it’s not just built on society’s idea of success.’
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December 6, 2012 by Charlotte
The Centre for Sustainable Fashion is delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Ethical Fashion Forum Source Award for Educational Innovation, in recognition of the MA Fashion & the Environment course at the London College of Fashion.
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.
You can find out more about the Source Awards on Twitter by searching #SourceAwards
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November 28, 2012 by rmallinson
A role has arisen to work with CSF Professor of Fashion & Textile Designer and Technology Sandy Black on the FIREup project, helping to enhance its research profile and provide informed, academic support.
Further information is available here.
Closing date: 3rd December 2012
June 19, 2012 by renee
CSf is looking for a new Admin Assistant.
If you are interested in becoming part of our team see details at Admin role.
The closing date is 29 June with interviews taking place on 18 July.
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: email@example.com, and not to the CSF.
June 2, 2011 by caralee
Fri 1 July – Sat 2 July 2011
Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London
Get ahead in the Creative Industries
Artsmart is a two-day creative graduate event taking place over 01 & 02 July that celebrates and supports creative talent, and is open to anyone wanting to start out in the creative industries.
The Artsmart Programme combines over 40 free events, delivered by industry experts and successful professional practitioners, and promises to be an exciting creative graduate recruitment fair in the UK.
Get top tips and practical skills through talks, workshops and one-to-one advice sessions to help you land the best jobs, set up businesses and make money from your creativity.
With speakers from Creative Review, London Design Festival, Etsy, Basekit and Olympics London 2012, the Programme offers a great opportunity to learn from and network with those who know how to succeed in the creative industries.
Headliners talks feature high-profile speakers including Ex-Dragon Entrepreneur Doug Richard, Photographer Tom Hunter and Big Issue founder John Bird, who will share their inspiring stories.
Entry to the events is free, once you have booked your Artsmart entrance ticket, but you do need to book in advance. Reserve your tickets now here – www.artsmartlondon.co.uk/programme
At the Recruitment Fair, as a student or graduate, you can meet more than 30 prospective employers and creative practitioners to enhance your job prospects. Employers are on hand to talk about the opportunities available to you.
In addition to all this there is also a curated Art & Design Market of 100 UAL alumni stallholders.
So if you do want to get ahead in the Creative Industries, do not miss this event!
May 26, 2011 by caralee
Fashioning the Future Awards 2011
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!
£1000 prize for each winner in the 5 categories
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.
Step 3 / Submit your work on line
Deadline / 15th June 2011
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.
Click here to submit your work for the Unique Design Category
Written work: 250 words maximum uploaded as a pdf.
Images: 8 sheets of visuals maximum uploaded as jpeg, tiff or png.
Images should be of a portfolio including materials and processes: flat work and illustrations of a piece or a collection, photographs on models or on a stand: 8 outfits maximum.
Click here to submit your work for the Unique Enterprise Category
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
Click here to submit your work for the Unique Communication Category
Each entrant must submit a written press release relating to their work: 250 words maximum upload as a pdf.
Each entrant must also submit a visual of work, this may be either photographic, illustrative, film or animation.
Images OR Media: 8 visuals maximum upload as jpeg, tiff, png or 30 minutes of media maximum 10MB.
Click here to submit your work for the Unique Balance Category
Each entrant must submit a written and visual concept. Visual concept may be either photographic, illustrative, film or animation.
Written work: 250 words maximum upload as a pdf.
Images OR Media: 8 visuals maximum upload as jpeg or 30 minutes of media maximum 10MB.
UNIQUE MATERIALS AND PROCESSES
Click here to submit your work for the Unique Materials and Processes Category
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.
Please feel free to get in touch with us to discuss any questions you still have.www.sustainable-fashion.com / firstname.lastname@example.org /
+44 (0)20 7514 7497
March 16, 2011 by Hatty
Somewhere Else – Ailleurs
11 February 2011, 8 May 2011
Espace culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
The Espace culturel Louis Vuitton is offering a new variation on the theme of travel and choosing to reveal the Somewhere Else of eighteen “expeditionist” artists.
The nature of the expedition to which these artists devote themselves may vary widely. In this movement, in this encounter with new environments and cultures — sometimes distant, sometimes near, but always “other” — the artist finds the opportunity for a singular creation that is primarily characterised by its offset nature.
Lucy + Jorge Orta present a selection of artworks: Drop Parachute, Dome Dwellings and drawings from the series Antarctica, resulting from their incredible journey to the continent, where they installed the ephemeral artwork Antarctic Village – No Borders. The in-situ installation of dwellings took place during the Austral summer 2007 and was aided by the team of scientists stationed at the Marambio Antarctic Base situated on the Antarctic Peninsula.
Antarctic Village and the many artworks resulting from their artistic research draw attention to plight of those struggling
The Centre for Fashion Science at London College of Fashion is currently researching the beauty of age, an increasingly important aspect of contemporary culture.
The Centre is looking for female volunteers aged sixty and over. Researchers are interested in hearing from two major groups of women, whose skincare regimes involve either:
• some form of medical intervention (e.g. regular use of prescribed topical Vitamin A products, dermatological beauty treatments ranging from deep peels to skin fillers and botox, any form of facial cosmetic surgery, HRT)
• other forms of skincare, not requiring involvement of medical professionals (e.g. use of various skin products including cosmeceuticals, facial treatments, hair removal, massage)
The project is non-commercial and focused on bringing positive attention to age and to the beauty of age.
All your personal data will be kept in strict confidence. Research will be based in the Cosmetic Science laboratories at Oxford Circus. Your participation in the project would require approximately two days in late March/early April 2011. To thank you, we will arrange a professional make-up and photography session for you at the end of your second day with us. For further information and to register, please contact
Jo Sait; 020 7514 2097 or email@example.com