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Dress for our Time at St Pancras by David Betteridge

JANUARY – The Routledge Handbook of Fashion and Sustainability edited by Kate Fletcher and Mathilda Tham is published. 30 papers, designed as a reference work, setting the research agenda for the field for the next decade

JANUARY – MARCH Voice for Change Exhibition showcasing work done around sustainability across UAL curated by Dilys Williams and Camilla Palestra at High Holborn

JANUARY – CSF start working with Selfridges in consultancy role

JANUARY – APRIIL – Sandy Black awarded an International Fellowship in Australia, New Zealand and Japan from the Leverhulme Trust. Lectures at Auckland University of Technology and Massey University, NZ and RMIT, Melbourne

FEBRUARY – Lucy Orta gives a lecture as part of the Banff Visual Art Lecture Series

FEBRUARY – I Stood Up event held at the House of Lords as part of the work being done by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion

FEBRUARY ­– Dilys Williams takes part in Fashion Revolution Day Question Time panel at the House of Parliament

FEBRUARY – Helen Storey and Alex McIntosh host a TRANSFER event in Leeds, a public experiment and live research process sharing the manufacturing process of clothes

FEBRUARY – Helen Storey receives a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) from the RSA

MARCH – Dilys Williams forms part of the SHOWStudio commentary panel on Maison Martin Margiela

MARCH – Lucy Orta and Dilys Williams showcase their work as part of the Cultures of Resilience festival held at LCC

MARCH – Dilys WIlliams is the keynote speaker at CityLab 2050 in Antwerp

MARCH – Kate Fletcher presents at Needlework and Technology Conference, Oslo, Norway

APRIL  – Six LCF students are shortlisted for the Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion as part of the Kering CSF partnership

APRIL ­– Dilys Williams is a speaker at 1.168 conference Paris: “Fashion and innovation: Sourcing new sustainable materials makes you more unique & creative”

APRIL – Helen Storey launches her new project Dress for our Time

APRIL – Dilys Williams speaker KEA Copenhagen Fashion and Sustainability event

MAY – Professor Kate Fletcher is awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Emily Carr University

MAY – Lucy Orta’s Fabulae Naturae work is shown as part of the Zegna project in Milan

MAY – CSF run the Just Fashion Lab for the second year running at Hay Festival with H&M

MAY – Helen Storey’s Professorial Platform is held at LCF

MAY – Sandy Black presents FIREup at AHRC Creativity in Design workshop, Northumbria University

JUNE – Kate Fletcher gives keynote address at the Nordes 2015 ‘Design Ecologies’ conference in Konstfack, Sweden

AUGUST – CSF works with students from 2nd year Creative Direction course to produce window installations for 8 H&M store windows including a store on Oxford Street

SEPTEMBER – Kate Fletcher gives talk at Food and Fashion workshop at the University of Leicester

SEPTEMBER – Stella McCartney and Brioni are announced as the partner brands for the Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion (year 2)

SEPTEMBER – CSF shortlisted for Green Gown awards for research and development

SEPTEMBER – Dilys Williams and Katelyn Toth-Fejel speak at Colloquia Milan Fashion Education summit: New Glasses for New Classes

SEPTEMBER – Sandy Black takes part in AHRC research grants national moderating panel

SEPTEMBER – Sandy Black invited to present FIREup at AHRC Design symposium

SEPTEMBER – Dilys Williams named in Evening Standard Progress 1000 Awards

OCTOBER – Kate Fletcher visits Colombia to give a keynote talk and runs two days of workshops on fashion and sustainability as part of a joint initiative between two Bogota universities: Universidad de los Andes and UTADEO

OCTOBER – Sandy Black runs workshop with fashion professionals with AAM Associates on Digital Economy and Fashion

NOVEMBER – Kate Fletcher is part of an APPG panel discussion on the circular economy, UK Parliament

NOVEMBER – Sandy Black is an invited expert moderator for University of Lisbon research symposium on design and architecture

NOVEMBER – Sandy Black convenes and chairs the annual Knitting History Forum symposium

NOVEMBER – Kate Fletcher gives a talk for TRAID as part of ‘Second Hand First’ week in response to Black Friday

NOVEMBER – the Second Kering talk is held with keynote by Kelly Slater and the Kering Award finalists are announced

NOVEMBER – Helen Storey’s Dress For Our Time installed at St Pancras Station in the lead up to the COP21 summit

NOVEMBER – CSF takes part in the Being Human Festival, and host I Stood Up for (bio)diversity at Chrisp Street Market

NOVEMBER – Flavia Amadeu completes her PhD supervised by Kate Fletcher, Sandy Black and Dilys Williams

DECEMBER – Anne Prahl completes her PhD supervised by Sandy Black

DECEMBER – Lucy Orta’s Antarctica World Passport opens a bureau in the Grand Palais in Paris during the COP21 talks

DECEMBER – CSF works with Julies Bicycle in compiling Creative Climate Coalition commitment received by Christina Figures during Cop 21

DECEMBER – Alex McIntosh is on the panel discussing circular economy and uniforms as part of the APPG agenda, UK Parliament


Photo for Craft of Use by Kerry Dean

JANUARY – TRANSFER project begins, led by University of Sheffield with CSF’s Alex McIntosh and Helen Storey, funded by ESRC

MARCH – Kate Fletcher talks at Women of the World at the Southbank Festival, as part of International Women’s Day celebration

MARCH –Local Wisdom’s Craft of Use event takes place at London College of Fashion;speakers include Jonathon Porritt and Avner Offer from Oxford University as well as the international partners

MARCH – The FIREUp online platform led by Sandy Black is launched

APRIL – Dilys Williams facilitates the Youth Fashion Summit in Copenhagen

APRIL – Helen Storey’s Dress of Glass and Flame shown as part of the Edinburgh International Festival

APRIL – Dilys Williams participates in UNBOX festival in India

MAY – Roundtable at the House of Lords focused on Rana Plaza, in conjunction with the APPG on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion, and Fashion Revolution Day

MAY – CSF Volume 8.0 Craft of Use is published

MAY – CSF co-host a week long workshop at Hay Festival with the Environmental Justice Foundation, Dilys Williams speaks at the festival about fashion, education and sustainability

MAY – Lucy Orta’s Food-Water-Life exhibition opens at Parc de la Villette in Paris

MAY – Renee Cuoco presents UN RESP project findings to stakeholders in Mexico

JUNE – Dilys Williams becomes Professor of fashion design for sustainability, and Kate Fletcher Professor of sustainability, design, fashion

JUNE – Dilys Williams presents the Keynote address at Antwerp CityLab 2050

JULY – Creative Hub Mentoring programme led by Alex McIntosh starts, funded by ERDF

AUGUST – CSF Volume 9.0 Habit(AT) is published

SEPTEMBER – Sandy Black’s ‘Visionary Knitwear’ exhibition opens as part of the Fashion and Textile Museum’s major exhibition ‘Knitwear: Chanel to Westwood’

SEPTEMBER – To coincide with LH FPRUM 2014 for a Positive Economy, Lucy Orta presents a series of projects across the city of Le Havre, France

SEPTEMBER – Symphony For Absent Wildlife – Spirits of Alberta opens, work by Lucy Orta,  commissioned by Nuit Blanche Calgary

SEPTEMBER – CSF host a panel discussion on ‘Engaging Citizen Action’. Guests include Galahad Clark and Dan Burgess, with Dilys Williams as chair

SEPTEMBER – I Stood Up To Violence project begins, led by Tom Corby (University of Westminster) and Dilys Williams, funded by AHRC

SEPTEMBER – Helen Storey’s Dress of Glass and Flame shown in Sheffield’s Winter Garden

OCTOBER – CSF and LCF announce a five-year partnership with KERING, which will include the Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion

OCTOBER – Helen Storey and Lucy Orta’s work is shown at The Future of Fashion is Now! exhibition

OCTOBER – Helen Storey featured in the publication 100 Leading Ladies

OCTOBER – Sandy Black speaks at the Battle of Ideas

NOVEMBER – TheNike Making Project is highly commended at the Green Gown Awards

NOVEMBER – CSF host ‘Wear Your Culture’ at the Wellcome Trust, an event that is part of Being Human Festival, a festival of the humanities

NOVEMBER – Kate Fletcher delivers Keynote address and Flavia Amadeu, CSF PhD student, presents a paper at the Global Fashion Conference, Ghent

NOVEMBER – Helen Storey is awarded the prestigious Royal Designers for Industry award from the RSA

NOVEMBER – Lucy Orta takes part in Art of Change 21 in Paris in preparation for the COP21 in 2015


Local Wisdom project - image by Paul Allister

JANUARY – CSF creates 3 installations in the M&S Marble Arch flagship store for the M&S Shwop Shop campaign

MARCH – CSF host the Design for Sustainability Fashion Educators Network, an APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) debate

MARCH – CSF become a partner of RESP (Responsible Ecosystems Sourcing Platform)

APRIL – Helen Storey’s Catalytic Clothing – Field of Jeans exhibits at the Design Centre Copenhagen, as part of the Hello Materials exhibition, 2nd April – 21st September 2012

APRIL – CSF, students and their mentors attend the Launch 2020 summit at Nike HQ in Portland, Oregon, where work from the Making Matters project forms the centrepiece of an exhibition showcasing global sustainable innovations

APRIL – Lucy Orta’s Cloud:Meteoros exhibit opens in London at the Barlow Shed, St Pancras International Train Station. 18th April–15th October 2013

MAY – JUNE – Better Lives lecture series – this series allowed fashion and psychology to come together through a series of discussions to reflect on human fulfilment and ecological prosperity through the theme of judgement and wellbeing

MAY – Lucy Orta invited to speak at the TEDxWWF conference held in Abu Dhabi

MAY – Sandy Black in conversation with Hay-on-Earth Director Andy Fryers at the Hay Festival

MAY – Lucy Orta’s Spirits of the Huveanne exhibits 4 sculptures in the City of Marseilles in France to coincide with inauguration of European Capital of Culture 2013

JUNE – Glasstress: White Light / White Heat, 55th Venice Biennale, 1st Jun ’13 – 2nd Nov ’13. Exhibits include Centre members, Lucy Orta with Amazonia and Helen Storey with Dress of Glass and Flame

JULY – CSF holds its Fashioning the Future summer school, 9 partner institutions take part

JULY – CSF and Nike host a joint event to launch the first version of the Making app

JULY – Two members of the CSF team, Kate Fletcher and Katelyn Toth-Fejel, set sail on the What Has To Be Done 10 day voyage through the Scottish Western Isles as part of a small crew of artists, scientists and cultural commentators

OCTOBER – Sandy Black’s book The Handbook of Fashion Studies (co-editor) published London: Bloomsbury

SEPTEMBER – CSF and the MET Office hold the Climate and Fashion Hackathon hosted by the V&A

OCTOBER – Lucy Orta exhibits Amazonia at the Natural History Museum in Paris

NOVEMBER – Glasstress: White Light / White Heat, exhibition travels to the UK and is exhibited at The Fashion Space Gallery at LCF and The Wallace Collection

DECEMBER – Habit(at) Field Day, CSF frame our thinking around issues related to urbanisation, sustainable cities and the role that fashion can and could play.  We hold Field Days as they are a way for us to share our current projects and practices, and to engage with others from both inside and outside of the University.


Image by Ana Escobar

FEBRUARY – JUNE – Better Lives Lecture Series – a series of talks on diverse subjects related to the theme of Better Lives

MARCH – Fabulae Romanae – an ambitious sculpture and video installation project by Lucy and Jorge Orta opens at Maxxi – National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome commissioned by Ermenegildo Zegna

MARCH – Sustainable Fashion: an Industry R-Evolution – CSF share a platform with TFRC (UAL’s Textile Futures Research Centre)  hosted by The British Consulate-General in Milan and the National Chamber for Italian Fashion

MARCH – Fashion and Sustainability: Design for Change – Kate Fletcher and Lynda Grose’s book is published by Laurence King

APRIL – Shwop Lab – a collaborative venture between M&S, Oxfam and CSF, to engender a ‘gift away rather than a throw away culture’ for fashion

APRIL – The Local Wisdom project receives funding from the Leverhulme Trust

MAY – Transformational Thinking and Practice Field Day – CSF celebrates its inauguration as a University of the Arts Research Centre

MAY – WWF Pandamonium – features work from CSF’s Prof Lucy Orta and  LCF MA students

MAY – Teaching and Learning for Sustainability – CSF launches a staff development module for fashion educators

MAY – Condé Nast Traveller awards – The Catalytic Clothing project is nominated in the Sustainability category

MAY – Nike Hackathon – CSF and 4 MA Fashion & the Environment graduates take part in week long exploration of the materials system at Nike HQ in Portland Oregon

MAY – Clouds|Nuages – Prof Lucy Orta’s book is published

SEPTEMBER – Sandy Black’s book Knitting: fashion, industry, craft is published in London by V&A Publications

SEPTEMBER – CSF hosts a 2 week intensive incubator for the 32 selected participants for the Nike Making Matters project

OCTOBER – Sandy Black’s book Sustainable Fashion Handbook is published in London by Thames & Hudson

NOVEMBER – Dilys Williams gives a lecture at the Westminster Media Forum on ‘The UK Fashion Industry: Challenges, Opportunities and Policy Options”

DECEMBER – MA Fashion and the Environment awarded the Pioneer in Education award at the Ethical Fashion Forum’s SOURCE awards


Image by Kerry Dean

JANUARY – Helen Storey awarded SciArt Award Scheme Wellcome Trust and Primitive Streak Extension by the Wellcome Trust

FEBRUARY – Helen Storey continues with Phase 2 of Primitive StreakTwo new Lung Dresses and pieces from Primitive Streak shown at venues including: The Winter Garden, Sheffield (2011); Centre for Life, Newcastle (2011); Newcastle City Library (2011); and White Lung Dress, Wellcome Trust’s 75th anniversary celebrations (2011).

Phase 1 included 27 textile and fashion pieces first exhibited at ICA, London (1997) then venues including: Quartier 206, Berlin (1998); Hayward Gallery (1999); World Financial Center, New York (1999); Oksnehallen, Copenhagen (2000) and Textile and Costume Museum of Barcelona (2005)

MARCH – the inaugural meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Ethics and Sustainability is held, CSF become the secretariat

MAY –  i-Sustain – first feature in a year long collaboration between CSF and iD magazine showcasing the diversity and beauty of design for sustainability in fashion

JULY – Centre for Fashion Science and the Centre for Sustainable Fashion merge bringing a greater diversity and breadth of expertise to the CSF team

JULY – Sustainable Fashion Summer School Copenhagen – CSF is a lead contributor

NOVEMBER – Fashioning the Future Awards showcase – catwalk show and exhibition take place at Canary Wharf’s East Winter Garden

NOVEMBER – Green Gown Awards – The London Style project is highly commended in the Skills category


Image by Kerry Dean

JANUARY – MA Fashion and the Environment graduates showcase work at Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank as part of Cape Farewell’s Shift Festival

FEBRUARY – London Fashion Week – CSF create a unique installation profiling four  innovative designers supported and developed through the London Style Project

APRIL – Helen Storey Catalytic Clothing begins, outputs include: Herself (2010), textile sculpture, first shown in Howard Street, Sheffield in conjunction with University of Sheffield and Sheffield City Council; Field of Jeans (2011), textile installation, first shown at Newcastle University as part of Newcastle ScienceFest

JUNE – Green Gown Award – CSF are highly commended in the Research & Development category

JULY – Shared Talent India sourcing toolkit – CSF launch a rich digital resource to help designers access and collaborate with sustainable textile suppliers in India

SEPTEMBER – CSF on the judging panel for the Earth Awards

SEPTEMBER – London Fashion Week – CSF create a second installation profiling another four innovative designers supported and developed through the London Style Project

OCTOBER – Lucy Orta showcases 37 commissioned artefacts (photographs, sculptures, murals, diptych video and drawings) at Amazonia Natural History Museum, London

NOVEMBER – CSF showcase work at the Sri Lanka Design Festival

DECEMBER – Launch of Fashioning the Future Awards 2011 –  the theme ‘Unique’ celebrates the promotion of biodiversity through fashion. The awards are supported by the United Nations, Bodyshop and Canary Wharf

DECEMBER – AWARE: Art,Fashion, Identity exhibit opens at Royal Academy of Arts. Curated by Lucy Orta with exhibits from Helen Storey ‘Say Goodbye’


Image by Sean Michael

JANUARY – Helen Storey is contributor to Extreme Collaboration Delivering Solutions for a Failing World, a successful bid with the University of Sheffield/UAL/University of Ulster

APRIL – CSF launches a European funded business support programme London Style to support London’s creative talent and promote leadership in fashion and sustainable design. Alex McIntosh joins the CSF team to manage collaborations with industry

MAY – Launch of Fashioning the Future Awards 2009

JUNE – Volume 3.0: Tactics for Change published by CSF offering a framework for a sustainable fashion industry

JUNE – Volume 4.0: Green Collar Graduates for the Fashion Industry published by CSF detailing UK employers’ expectations and aspirations for fashion graduates

JULY – Shared Talent India – a collaboration with Defra, the Indian Government, Pearl Academy and Monsoon Accessorise. Outputs from the project include a conference paper at LeNS Conference Bangalore, Final report to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), an online resource Designer Resource: Shared Talent India creative outcomes and film showcased at London and Delhi Fashion Weeks (2009). Funded by Defra and the Indian Government

SEPTEMBER – London Fashion Week – collections form the Shared Talent India project are introduced to the press by BFC chairman Harold Tillman and Monsoon chairman Peter Simon

NOVEMBER – Fashioning the Future awards 2009 –  winners are announced in a ceremony held at London’s City Hall. A short film of the finalists’ collections is premiered with the backing of the Mayor’s Office


MARCH – MA Fashion and the Environment validated as first masters’ programme specialising in fashion design for sustainability, course written and developed by Dilys Williams

APRIL – CSF launches with the publication of our first report, Volume 1.0: Fashion & Sustainability – A Snapshot Analysis. Fashion broadcaster and commentator Caryn Franklin is announced as CSF Ambassador

APRIL – Lucy Orta’s Antarctica is exhibited in Milan: Hangar Bicocca. Artefacts including Antarctica Village No BordersLife Line-Survival Kits, Drop Parachutes and World Passport, Antarctica Mobile Delivery Bureau

APRIL – Sandy Black’s book Eco Chic: The Fashion Paradox [Authored book] is published, 2nd ed. 2011. London: Black Dog Publishing

JUNE – Fashioning the Future Awards 2008 launches – the first and only international student awards for sustainability in fashion

JUNE –  Green Gown Award – CSF win the Social Responsibility award for the Shared Talent project

AUGUST – Shared Talent South Africa and Ghana – in collaboration with Tabeisa and LCF

SEPTEMBER – Kate Fletcher is appointed as Reader in Sustainable Fashion at LCF

OCTOBER – Fashioning the Future Awards showcase – high profile catwalk show and exhibition take place in central London

OCTOBER – Fashioning the Future Summit – 350 thinkers, doers and innovators are brought together to debate the future of the fashion industry

OCTOBER – Volume 2.0: Fashioning the Future is published to coincide with the summit


JANUARY – Helen Storey contributor on Where art meets science – introducing new materials paradigms through high fashion successful bid with University of Sheffield, PI: Prof A Ryan (2006-7)

APRIL – Sandy Black, as project investigator, receives funding for Considerate Design for fashion products from EPSRC/AHRC Designing for the 21st Century

MAY – Green is the New Black – a week of debate and discussion takes place at London College of Fashion, involving industry pioneers, staff and students from around the world

AUGUST – Shared Talent South Africa – a collaborative design workshop spearheaded by London College of Fashion

SEPTEMBER – Defra Sustainable Clothing Roadmap – launched with support from London College of Fashion

SEPTEMBER – Dilys Williams is appointed as the Director of Sustainable Fashion for London College of Fashion

OCTOBER – Lucy Orta’s project OrtaWater was recognised when the Orta’s received the Green Leaf Award for artistic excellence with an environmental message, presented by the United Nations Environment Programme in partnership with the Natural World Museum at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway