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Introduction into Circular Fashion Design (short course)

The current fashion industry is primarily run on the so-called linear economy. Effects following the culture of take-make-waste are clearly visible on an environmental and human level....

Studying with us in 2021/22

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  • Award N/A
  • Start date September 2021
  • School School of Fashion and Textiles
  • Faculty Faculty of Arts, Design and Media

Overview

The current fashion industry is primarily run on the so-called linear economy. Effects following the culture of take-make-waste are clearly visible on an environmental and human level. Not only within the context of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, but furthermore as part of the recently framed Green New Deal focusing on a transformation towards an equitable and sustainable Europe, the industry is urgently required to change.

Alternative structures with the aim to design out waste, keep products in the loop and to regenerate natural systems are offered through the circular economy. What does this mean for fashion? Which impact does a circular strategy have on design, production and business processes?

By questioning existing structures and rethinking what’s common practice, we can use the power of collaboration to create innovative concepts and business models. Embracing the participant’s diverse backgrounds, this course will pool your individual skills and knowledge to challenge fashion.

Duration: 3 days
Dates: 6th, 7th and 8th September 2021
Price: £400

This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

The online workshop will flourish with the transdisciplinary background participants bring. Taught live, you will be working together in small teams to learn and create collaborative concepts in the first part. In the second part of the workshop, you will be able to take your individual approach and develop the concept in more depth allowing you to prioritise your interest in relation to circular fashion design.

After examining individual steps of the whole design process in detail, you will learn about raw materials and innovative fibres to be able to make better choices for your own concept development enhancing the transition point between continuous usage cycles. This process will be accompanied by an introduction into alternative consumption methods, business strategies and communication to give you an overview of how to rethink fashion in holistic structures.

At the end of the workshop you will prepare a group presentation, showcasing the overall concepts and the individual development of your circular design idea.

Why Choose Us?

  • Surrounded by the inspiring diverse backgrounds of the participants you will become part of a team aspiring to set a new benchmark for the fashion industry’s future.
  • The workshop is developed and lead by our tutor Sabine Lettmann who is working as a practitioner in the field of circular fashion design. Her creative network and links to the fashion industry will prepare you with industry-relevant knowledge and skills.

Fees & How to Apply

  • International students

Award:

Starting: Sep 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • 3 days
  • TBC

Award:

Starting: Sep 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • 3 days
  • TBC

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Applicants from various backgrounds and on various skill levels are welcome to join this workshop. However, some knowledge of fashion or textile design principles, fashion business or other subject related areas is recommended to understand the next steps up to the level of circular design.

Dates: 6th, 7th and 8th September 2021
Price: £400

Book your place

For any enquiries, please contact Beth White.

Facilities and Staff

This course will be delivered online. Taught live, you will be working together in small teams to leave and create collaborative concepts in the first part.

In the second part of the online workshop, you will be able to take your individual approach and develop the concept in more depth allowing you to prioritise your interest in relation to circular fashion design.

Our staff

Sabine Lettman

Senior Lecturer - BA (Hons) Costume Design and Practice

Sabine started teaching Fashion Design in 2015. Since then, she taught fashion design, concept development, dissertation and sustainable design systems. In February 2018 she joined BCU as a VT to teach level 4 to level 6 students. Following this experience, Sabine started to work as a part-time Senior Lecturer at BCU in 2019.

With more than 20 years of experience as a freelancer in fashion design, Sabine looks back at working for her own label and other brands.

More about Sabine

Enquiries

Enquiries

Please send all enquiries to beth.white@bcu.ac.uk