This event aimed to expose the socio-environmental impacts of fast fashion and to explore ways to rethink the textile production through diverse examples of speculative design that emphasise on the cultural shift needed to reinvent our way of producing and consuming.
The event followed from the projects led by the Centre for Sustainable Fashion presented by its director Dilys Williams, to the explanation of how speculative design can be a starting point to re-create our imaginary, promoted by Lorna Powell and Georgia Vincent, both alumni from London College of Communication.
And discussed the Earth Logic Plan, a manifesto that urges to place ‘Earth before profit, before everything’ with one of its authors: Mathilda Tham and three postgraduate students. Migle Radzunaite (MA Fashion Futures), Vishal Tolombia, (MA Fashion Futures) and Hana Komanova (MA Biodesign), who will introduce their practices that embed, in very different ways, the 6 Landscapes of research implemented by this text
Mathilda Tham (Professor in Design, Linnaeus University Mathilda Tham's work is feminist, activist and sits at the intersection of sustainability, design, fashion and future studies and is informed by meta-design. Her research seeks to create new images of the present and the future and through these create space for new power structures, communities and diversities within the planet's borders. Mathilda Tham is a co-author of the Earth Logic Fashion Action Research Plan and co-founder of the Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion network. As a professor of design, Linnaeus University, she has been involved in developing the department's visionary profile around change-creating and norm-critical design, and the educational programs BFA and MFA Design + Change and BFA Visual Communication + Change.
Prof. Dilys Williams (Director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion) Professor Dilys Williams FRSA is founder and Director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion, a University of the Arts London Research Centre, based at London College of Fashion. Dilys’ work explores fashion’s relational ecological, social, economic and cultural elements to contribute to sustainability in and through its artistic, business and educational practices. Trained at Manchester Metropolitan University and holding a UAL professorship in Fashion Design for Sustainability, Dilys publishes widely on fashion and sustainability in peer reviewed academic journals and published books. Dilys’ work draws on extensive experience in lead womenswear designer roles for international collections, including at Katharine Hamnett, Liberty and Whistles. This industry experience is complimented by a longstanding internationally recognised teaching and research portfolio focused on the development of sustainability centred design practices, based on principles of holism, participation and transformation design.
Dilys is a member of the UNFCCC Global Climate Action in Fashion and sits on advisory committees for Positive Luxury and the Global Fashion Agenda. She is currently acting as a Special Adviser for All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion and is a member of the jury for Vogue YOOX Challenge - The Future of Responsible Fashion.
Her place on the Evening Standard London’s Progress 1000 list in 2015, 2016 and 2017 evidences the public and academic influence of her work alongside regular appearances on broadcast television, radio and magazines including recent appearances on BBC World, Sky News, Radio 4, WWD, the Gentlewoman, Vogue and Elle magazine. In 2020, she was named Drapers’ Sustainable Fashion Champion.
Georgia Vincent (MA Design for Social Innovation and Sustainable Futures Graduate) Georgia is a graphic designer with 13+ years experience working in communications. Her work focuses on themes of sexual education, sexual wellbeing and pleasure. Having just graduated with distinction from her MA in Design for Social Innovation and Sustainable Futures, she is currently working on Life's Queer Tapestry an ongoing piece of participatory design exploring themes of craftivism, queer ecology and pleasure activism.
Lorna Powell (Designer, graduate MA Design for Social Innovation and Sustainable Futures, LCC)
Lorna is a multi-disciplinary designer, working around themes of mental health and wellbeing, spatial design, play and ecology. In her work, she is interested in how we connect to the self, others and the Earth; whether through play, public spaces, spirituality or storytelling. Her creative practice combines research and theory with responsive art works, such as sculpture, installation art and experiential design, in order to invite enquiry, dialogue and connection. With an interest in generating participatory and just futures, she embeds co-design and collaboration within her design practice.
Migle Radziunaite (MA Fashion Futures graduate) Migle is a London-based designer, thinker and researcher. Her key interests in the field are mindful fashion creation and promotion, psychology of clothing, ecological and cultural sustainability. For her Final Major Project at MA Fashion Futures Migle researched the topics such as memories, belongings, culture and tradition. Embracing her unique personal explorations, Migle investigated what cultural sustainability is and speculated how it could be enhanced in the current climate.
Vishal Tolambia (Sustainability researcher and analyst, Pursuing an MA in Fashion Futures at the London College of Fashion) A multi-disciplinary fashion designer and sustainability analyst with experience of more than 3 years whose work spans research, strategy implementation, project management, sustainability reporting, sustainable product sourcing, and development across the Luxury and Fast Fashion supply chain. Focussed on ethical standards, practices, and strategies implementation in fashion production and preservation of circularity, fine craftsmanship, environmental, cultural, climate preservation, and social emergence domains across the supply chain for the organisations.
Hana Komanovà (MA Biodesign student) Hana Komanová is a biodesigner with a background in fashion and accessories design, interested in plant based materials and exploring interspecies collaboration in the design process. Her recent work has been enquiring into soil and compost and their connection to material lifecycles.