Fashion Revolution Week Panel Discussion: What are the regenerative, restorative and revolutionary new fashion systems?

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Description of Activity

The mainstream fashion industry is built upon the exploitation of labour and natural resources. Wealth and power are concentrated in the hands of a few, and growth and profit are rewarded above all else. Big brands and retailers produce too much too fast, and manipulate us into a toxic cycle of overconsumption. Meanwhile, the majority of people that make our clothes are not paid enough to meet their basic needs, and already feel the impacts of the climate crisis - which the fashion industry fuels. As global citizens, we all have the power to take action. This Fashion Revolution Week, join us in reimagining a just and equitable fashion system for people and the planet.

In this online panel discussion we will be exploring: “What are the regenerative, restorative and revolutionary new fashion systems?”

On the panel:

Dr. Sass Brown, previously the Founding Dean of the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation, she is now the course leader for Kingston University London’s newest MA – Sustainable Fashion: Business and Practices. Brown completed her PhD in 2021 on Global Artisanship and Models of Sustainable Development. Prior to joining DIDI, Sass was the Interim Dean for the Fashion Institute of Technology's School of Art and Design in New York. As a researcher, writer and educator, Brown's area of expertise is ethical fashion, and her publications include the books Eco Fashion and ReFashioned for British publishers Laurence King.

Bel Jacobs, a former fashion editor, turned writer, speaker and activist on climate justice, animal rights and alternative systems in fashion. She is founder of the Fashion in Schools Project, highlighting the impact of the fashion industry to secondary students; The Empathy Project, an online magazine amplifying the ethics of protecting animals and people; and the Islington Climate Centre, working with local groups and organisations to bring Islington to net zero.

Beata Wilczek, who specializes in building projects for digital, sustainable, and diverse fashion futures. She is the Head of Digital Sustainability and Social Impact at The Dematerialised and Founder and Research Director at Unfolding Strategies, a fashion consultancy and education lab.

Moderated by Dr. Lara Torres & Noorin Khamisani
Period21 Apr 2022
Held atSchool of Art, Design & Performance