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Fashion Ecologies

The Fashion Ecologies Project explores the relationships and interactions between garments, people and place. In a time when we usually try to understand things by taking them apart, looking at component parts in isolation, Fashion Ecologies explores clothing in context – in real places and lives – keeping things and our insights about them radically together.

The project will explore narrowly bounded geographical areas within which actual conditions, relationships, resilience and cumulative dynamics of specific places can be examined in detail, in a deep, complex mapping.

In confronting the fragmentation of many sustainability initiatives, this project adopts a location-specific methodology developed from political ecology using local production and consumption practices to evidence holistic systems, relationships and interactions to offer scalable sustainability models for the fashion industry and wider practice.

Fashion Ecologies is a research project led by Kate Fletcher Professor of Sustainability, Design, Fashion at University of the Arts London. Lizzie Harrison, working as research assistant, is drawing on her long experience of working with communities and fashion production.

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Fashion Ecologies is project of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, University of the Arts London, and it is part of a work package of the KRUS project, led in Norway by SIFO and generously funded by BIONAER.