The forming of a synergistic relationship between two or more people depends on an acknowledgement of the distinctions of each alongside shared hopes and ambitions. Kering and London College of Fashion, through CSF, have made a five year commitment together to explore and expand the contribution that fashion can make to individual lives, to communities and our wider cultures and societies through design led educational and business practices for sustainability.
Since commencing our partnership in 2014, we have been finding new ways of working across a diverse and rich network of BA & MA students, with expert colleagues at Kering and with many of their luxury fashion brands. This partnership is challenging what we at the CSF know of how fashion deals with the unstable terrain of sustainability. We have established a level of communication with our partners based on trust and openness, co-creation and innovation, and this is playing out in multiple guises through our collaborative projects: The Kering Award for Sustainability; and the Kering masters level curriculum module Empowering Imagination. These projects are underpinned by our developing research framework for Fashion Design for Sustainability, led by Professor Dilys Williams.
The ambition of our collaboration is to offer space for the development of ideas that might, in the words of François-Henri Pinault, ‘change the way we do business’. We have the pleasure of connecting with esteemed alumni from LCF who are forging new roles within the luxury fashion sector, and hope that we continue to challenge industry with students and graduates equipped with new skills and perspectives for a future subject to great change.
We hope that this partnership will contribute, through those involved, to fashion’s artistic and business practices being a means to fulfil our unique potential as human beings through an understanding of nature, ourselves and each other.
The plan with Kering is three-fold: an annual lecture – The Kering Talk; The Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion; and a co-created masters level curriculum – Empowering Imagination.
Watch the story of Year 1 of the partnership: