Education for Sustainability
By changing fashion education, we create vital leverage in the transformation of the fashion system. We engage in transformational education practice with learners across levels and locations through courses and resources for LCF and UAL students and tutors, and for wider audiences through digital learning.
We believe that
education for sustainability is a catalyst for change in societies, cultures, and economies. We explore the why, what, how, and with whom of creative education as sustainability in action.
Education for Sustainability is one of the foundational pillars of CSF. We understand that Fashion education at university level offers an unparalleled place to experiment with new ideas, to challenge existing narratives and put ecological and equitable principles into action. It involves development towards professional practice and a sense of self in the world. Learners can realise this through a path set out in CSF’s educational framework that offers a series of ‘mindsets’ as approaches to consider fashion’s context and agendas.
Our work in education for sustainability draws on our academic research, teaching experience, and knowledge exchange practices. We cultivate conditions for the development of skills, knowledge, and capabilities needed by fashion designers, communicators, and strategists. We engage in a mutual learning process with a diverse range of participants, seeking to ensure agency in learners and to eliminate discrimination in race, gender, cultural, religious, and other terms. We seek to de-colonise and de-carbonise the curriculum, working with communities at LCF, UAL, and with other institutions.
We take a systemic approach to change the fashion education system through the development of sustainability led educational ethos, cultures, and practices, pedagogies and learning environments, course content, and criteria for assessment.
Case Study: Education for Sustainability Transformation
London College of Fashion’s Education for Sustainability Transformation (EST) Strategy (2016-2022) supports the development and integration of sustainability in the curriculum across all courses and levels at the college.
Fashion Education for Sustainability: Kering
The LCF x Kering five-year partnership was formed in 2014 based on a shared vision to recognise sustainability as the greatest creative challenge and imperative of our time.
FashionSEEDS, explores what a transformed education system in Fashion Design for Sustainability could look like. The project aims to develop a holistic framework to embed sustainability into higher education fashion design.
Fashion Futures 2030
Fashion Futures 2030 (FF2030) has been created and realised using film, text and ideation toolkits. The project invites audiences to imagine how fashion practices can contribute to ways to live well together in nature.
Fashion in a Changing World
Our Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) gives learners an introduction to sustainable fashion design, research, and business practice. Supported by luxury fashion group Kering.