Fashion Education in Sustainability in Practice

Kate Fletcher (Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, United Kingdom, )
Dilys Williams (Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, United Kingdom, )

Research Journal of Textile and Apparel

ISSN: 1560-6074

Publication date: 1 May 2013

Abstract

This paper sets out the experiences of and critical reflections on devising and delivering a Masters level fashion education course in sustainability at London College of Fashion, UK. The course, first established in 2008, has been created from a collaborative, participatory and ecological paradigm, and draws on an approach to fashion education that is oriented towards process, action and creative participation in all aspects of the transition to sustainability: social, environmental and economic. This stands in contrast to conventional educational models that concentrate on product or outcome and the preparation of students for economic life. The paper describes the Masters course's broad disciplinary approach and its theoretical framework, drawn from design for sustainability. Through reference to student work, the paper goes on to set out some of the opportunities and challenges that working in this way has presented, including among others; the bridging of epistemological differences at an institutional level; new roles for designers who are working within a framework of sustainability; and emerging ways to visualize the process and practice of sustainability.

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Citation

Fletcher, K. and Williams, D. (2013), "Fashion Education in Sustainability in Practice", Research Journal of Textile and Apparel, Vol. 17 No. 2, pp. 81-88. https://doi.org/10.1108/RJTA-17-02-2013-B011

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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