The student conference
"The Fashion System is broken…We are facing ecological collapse due to the effects of climate change – and the fashion industry plays a big role in this.” (Extinction Rebellion, 2019)
What is the new reality in fashion and textiles? How do we respond?
The textile sector represents 6 per cent of global greenhouse-gas emissions and 10-20 per cent of pesticide use. Washing, solvents and dyes used in manufacturing are responsible for one-fifth of industrial water pollution, and fashion accounts for 20-35 per cent of the microplastic that flows into the ocean (The State of Fashion Report 2020).
Now is a time for change, imagination, creativity and innovation. Can we lay the groundwork for a new reality? Let’s address the unsustainable practices in our industry. Business can no longer carry on as usual. We all have our own responsibility within this system.
On 25 March 2020, the SHIFT conference will address the future of the industry featuring student work and research, keynote speakers from industry and workshops.
We want to hear about your research and practice which can help redefine this future, and invite you to present your research at our conference.
Image credit Harjot Mann
Your work might explore:
- What is fashion today?
- What stories do materials tell?
- What role and responsibility does business have?
- Compassion and kindness in design
- New narratives for the fashion and textiles business
- New manifestos
- New directions
- New strategies
- New voices
- New identities
- New thinking
- New systems
- New business models
- New technology and materials
- New takes on craft and luxury
If you have questions about whether your work is suitable for the conference please email us at email@example.com To enter an abstract see the submissions guide (link to submissions tab).
“Sustainability in fashion and textiles fosters ecological integrity, social quality and human flourishing through products, action, relationships and practices of use.” (Fletcher, K., 2013)