W H Murray talks of how acts of initiative and creation, made as commitments, are a signal for all sorts of things occurring to help, that would have been otherwise un-dreamable. For us at CSF, this year offers us a particular reflection, a being present and a looking forward, as we are ten. My intention, in setting up CSF was for fashion, as a set of practices, relationships and garments, to contribute to human equality and to living within nature’s boundaries. Much has chan
Lionel Vermeil in conversation with Lou Stoppard 2017 has got off to a sustainable start, at least for a group of MA students at LCF. At the end of January the third year of our Master’s curriculum, co-created with luxury fashion and sustainability giants Kering, began on the same day that Kering released their new 10 year sustainability strategy, ‘Crafting Tomorrow’s Luxury.’ The strategy outlines a series of targets, relating to the UN Sustainable Development goals, for th
‘Can Fast Fashion Ever Be Ethical?’ That was the question we posed to our panel and audience at last week’s debate, co-hosted with the Ethical Trading Initiative. The question of the ethics of fast fashion is, admittedly, too big to be answered in the course of a ninety minute event, but the speakers, including Dilys, Lars-Ake Begqvist, Sustainability expert for H&M, Liz Parker, whose deep understanding of workers rights issues includes having led Fashioning and Ethical Indus
Our last destination for the H&M x LCF project on the last day of London Fashion Week is The Strand. We take a look at the work of LCF students George Boyle, Pheobe Yange and Miju Ko called 3패션人, a reference to the collaboration between all three of their cultures. Their collection applies weaving and construction techniques found in traditional Japanese packaging to recycled garments in order to produce new pieces with zero or minimal waste. By working with these techniques
‘I love watching everyone’s presentations rehearsals and hearing about their projects,’ one Kering Award finalist stated last week. ‘It’s like doing a Master’s degree in sustainability!’ I have to agree. I’ve worked at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion for three months, the final three months of the 2016 Kering Award for Sustainability, which culminated in presentations by nine exceptionally talented and creative students at Kering’s London headquarters last week. It really
May 17 is International Recycle Day. We are all well aware of the importance of recycling- it’s been drilled into us repeatedly over the last decade, and heralded as the easy, DIY way to save the planet- or least do your bit. Of course, recycling does have its merits- recycling a single run of a Sunday paper, for example, saves over 70,000 trees- and it’s something simple and easy that anyone can do at home: it’s just a case of putting waste in a different bin, right? But how
Guest post by LCF student Alice Davidson The more I learn about the industry, the more I consider and question the ethics of the consumption and manufacture of fast fashion. Subcontracting has enabled companies to evade responsibility for the people who make clothes for them, and accountability of any environmental as a result of production processes. This industry is something, in a society where we can now globally communicate and connect, desperately seeking our question.
On Wednesday 10 February 2016 we welcomed Eleanor Snare and Lawrence Alexander to LCF for a talk on Manifestos: Thinking and Making Changes. Lawrence reflects … Is sustainable fashion authentic? No, but that’s okay In Wednesday’s guest lecture I uncovered two key findings about sustainable fashion, authenticity and innovation. Firstly, how the words are related and what that tells us about the motivations behind sustainable fashion. Then what trust and authenticity mean for a