(L-R) Caroline Rush, Prof. Frances Corner, François-Henri Pinault During London Fashion Week last week CSF launched the world’s first open-access digital course in luxury fashion and sustainability. Co-created with Kering, it’s been a year of hard work bringing together our research, approaches and knowledge that have been honed over the last decade as well as insights and expertise from Kering’s sustainability team. “Fashion & Sustainability: Understanding Luxury Fashion in
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
CSF Professor Kate Fletcher calls for more voices to be heard and amplified in discussions around fashion and sustainability. Here and on her blog she writes of the need for a deep look at the values currently promoted within the fashion industry and a greater understanding of the structural shift that is needed if we are to protect and nurture the environment. We’d love to hear your thoughts and insights, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or through our s
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
On December 22, 2016, Los Angeles based clothing company American Apparel closed the doors of its London shops for the last time, after filing for bankruptcy for the second time that year in November. The question is why? And also, why should we care? Well, a little background to American Apparel. It was founded in 1989 by notorious Canadian Dov Charney. It was unique in the contemporary fashion market in that all its garments were, in its own words, ‘designed, cut and sewn i
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 14: (L to R) Dilys Williams, Director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion, award winners Elise Comrie and Agraj Jain, and Beatrice Lazat, Human Resources Director at Kering,attend the 2016 Kering Talk at the London College of Fashion on November 14, 2016 in London, England.
Pic Credit: Dave Benett Last week we announced the winners of the Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion at the third annual Kering Talk, and they were a
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 14: (L to R) Francois-Henri Pinault, CEO of Kering, Salma Hayek, Stella McCartney, Alasdhair Willis and Mary McCartney attend the 2016 Kering Talk at the London College of Fashion on November 14, 2016 in London, England.
Pic Credit: Dave Benett On Monday night we welcomed Kering back to LCF for the annual Kering Talk, which marks the start of the third year of the LCFxKering partnership. This year, we were delighted to host Stella McCartney, luxury
‘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
Laundry practices, clothing design and resource consumption has been the focus of my research over the past eight years. While laundry is a pretty mundane chore that most of us don’t like to spend too much time doing, let alone thinking about, it’s also an extremely resource intensive and polluting practice. Our laundry loads have reached record high volumes. A quick glance back at history helps show us some of the reasons why laundry practices have evolved in environmentally
‘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
Second-hand clothing is somewhat contentious. Buying used clothing, quite obviously, is one of the easiest ways to improve your fashion sustainability, however, clothing brands will never encourage it, as their business model revolves around consumers buying more and more, at an ever increasing pace, new clothes. Used clothes are often imbued with a poetic sense of loss, a reminder of the body that once inhabited them. My MA History of Dress teacher, for example, admitted tha
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.
Kate Fletcher’s latest book Craft of Use: Post-Growth Fashion was published last week, launching with it a whole series of questions for debate and discussion about the life of a garment after it is bought. The book recognises that garments that are bought as a product are lived as a process, and that the way we use and wear our clothes can be more valuable and interesting than the state in which they were bought. Flicking through the pages of Craft of Use, I discovered the s
Photo from the work of Susie Wareham For several years now I’ve been exploring ways we can reduce the environmental impact of our clothes, primarily through the choice and use of materials and processes we use. A key area that has emerged within this research has been the way we dye fabrics, which can have huge impacts on water systems through waste and contamination – not to mention the fact that colour is such a hugely important aspect of fashion. I’ve found that there are
This week we are lucky enough to have a student perspective on the blog, here Dino Bonacic (MA Fashion Media Production) tells us about his approach to communicating sustainability through the fashion media. Having an honest story behind the communication of sustainability is extremely important. Here’s one of a media guy trying to understand what sustainable media is and how to put that puzzle together. Around 5 months ago, I decided to stop buying new clothes. It was partly
Tansy Hoskins at with Susie Orbach at the launch. Photo by Ruby Wright There hasn’t yet been a book that links fashion and capitalism so directly, so ‘Stitched Up. The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion’ by Tansy Hoskins, is something of a first and Tansy teases and picks at the threads of the industry, pulling them to unravel dark undersides that are, so she argues, caused by the system that governs the fashion industry – capitalism. At the book launch last week, fashion and it