UPDATE: Future Fabrics Virtual Expo has now launched. See here.
The Sustainable Angle will soon be launching the Future Fabrics Virtual Expoto provide year-round online access to a curated range of sustainable fabrics and mills. It has been conceived to extend the lifespan of their successful 3rd Future Fabrics Expo, which took place in September 2013 at Olympia Exhibition Centre, London.
Future Fabrics Expo showcases commercially viable fabrics sourced from suppliers using sustainable principles, who are committed to reducing the environmental impact of the current textile supply chain.
New Designers brings together over 3,000 of the UK’s best emerging designers across a 2 part exhibition. Week 1 featured:
Textiles, Fashion and Accessories
Contemporary Applied Arts (inc. Ceramics and Glass)
Jewellery and Precious Metalwork
One Year On
Acclaimed author, journalist and design critic Alice Rawsthorn officially opened the event, saying: “For anyone graduating now, this is a daunting time thanks to the economic recession. But the good news for anyone who wants to make their career in design and craft is that there has never been a better time to do so. The most exciting periods of design have always been the periods of greatest change, and we are now living through a phenomenal period of unprecedented change, at extraordinary speed and scale. Your role as designers is to help society to make the most of these changes, to make sure that they affect our lives for good rather than bad.”
Here are some of the talented people we spotted, doing their bit for sustainability and design for good:
The Design Museum has announced the seven category winners for the annual Designs of the Year Awards. The awards celebrate the best of international design from the last 12 months. The overall winner for the Design of The Year 2013 will be announced on Wednesday 16 April at an awards evening held at The Angler, South Place Hotel, London.
To celebrate London Fashion Week, which is happening right now, until 19 Feb 2013, we’re featuring some wonderful sustainability projects from graduating MA students at the London College of Fashion: Thalia Warren works with the seasons and locally grown dyes to create sexy sustainable wear; Rachel Clowes incorporates metamorphosis through biodegradable elements; and Anja Crabb wants to make fashion more personal.
Susan Postlethwaite, director of MA Fashion and the Environment (LCF), explains a bit about what the course aims to achieve: “It’s a unique course examining what new models of practise for fashion designers might look like. Students’ work is informed by the whole environment that fashion operates within; from psychology and neuroscience, to philosophy, politics, sustainability, ethics, fashion theory, new technologies and materials, science, economics, anthropology and new business models. Students go on to explore novel and unusual approaches to designing as critical thinkers and able communicators”.
Through this approach they hope to develop insights into the future of fashion and new ways of working with it. Take a look below at the impressive exploratory work of these three students. Their designs are also currently on show at the London College of Fashion’s MA Exhibition.
Written by Charlotte Turner Event photos courtesy of The Sustainable Angle
The second Future Fabrics Expo, organised by The Sustainable Angle, was hosted on November 7-9 at the London College of Fashion. It provided an impressive physical showcase of roughly 650 fashion fabrics with a reduced environmental impact. Displays featured biodiversity, water, waste and energy impacts and benefits, as well as interactive information and videos.
The Sustainable Angle is a not for profit organisation which initiates and supports projects which contribute to minimising the environmental impact of industry and society.
Dragon Rouge, the global design and innovation business, have created Brand Futures to stimulate discussion on what future possibilities might be for their clients. With a backdrop of sustainable principles they looked at how Primark could have the same proposition, but be delivered differently. They projected ahead to 2030 to see how a future could look if we returned our clothes for reconditioning, recycling, or up-cycling into other clothes and accessories. See their imaginings in the video below.
Sustainable Brands events are designed to educate and engage those in the sustainability, brand and design communities. For the first time in London, major brands, smaller companies, startups & thought-leaders converged over two days (27-28 Nov) to share ideas on sustainable innovation. Here’s just a snippet of the dialogue on Day 1, featuring fabulous projects to get us inspired.
UPDATE: The funds for this film-making project have been raised!
Documentary journalist Leah Borromeo is raising funds to make a film, Dirty White Gold, about fashion and its real victims. She’s on a mission – she wants to make ethics and sustainability in the fashion industry the norm, not the exception, by making the supply chain transparent. And she’s on a journey to find out how to make this happen.