Edwina Ehrman – Senior Exhibition Curator, V&A Musuem
Edwina Ehrman is a Senior Exhibition Curator at the V&A and a specialist in 19thcentury fashion. She is the Curator of Fashioned from Nature. Her previous exhibitions include Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear (2016) and Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 (2014). From 2009 – 2013 she was the lead curator for The Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion, the V&A’s fashion archive at Blythe House in West Kensington. Her publications include Fashioned from Nature (V&A Publications, 2017), London Couture 1923-1975: British Luxury (V&A Publications, 2015) of which she is co-editor and a contributor, and Wedding Dress: 300 Years of Bridal Fashions (V&A Publications 2011, 2014).
Mary Creagh – UK Member of Parliament
First elected as MP for Wakefield in 2005, Mary held the Environment, Transport and International Development briefs in the Shadow Cabinet between 2010 and 2015. Mary currently serves as Chair of the Environmental Audit Select Committee a position she has held since Feb 2016.
Orsola de Castro – Founder and Creative Director, Fashion Revolution
Orsola de Castro is an internationally recognised opinion leader in sustainable fashion. Her career started as a designer with the pioneering upcycling label From Somewhere, which she launched in 1997 until 2014. In 2013, with Carry Somers, she founded Fashion Revolution, marking the tragedyin Dhaka, Bangladesh on 24 April 2013 when the Rana Plaza factory collapsed killing and injuring thousands of workers. Orsola is a regular key note speaker and mentor, Associate Lecturer at UAL, as well as Central Saint Martins Visiting Fellow.
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Katharine Hamnett – Fashion Designer
A graduate of Central St.Martins, Katharine Hamnett London launched in 1979 with a range of eclectic women’s designs – menswear followed in 1981. Also in that year Katharine released the first of many slogan tees CHOOSE LIFE; soon followed by EDUCATION NOT MISSILES, WORLDWIDE NUCLEAR BAN NOW, PEACE, SAVE THE FUTURE – these are central to the Hamnett DNA of the provocative and political writ large.
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Helen Crowley – Kering, Head of Sustainable Sourcing Innovation
Dr. Helen Crowley joined Kering as the Conservation and Ecosystems Services Specialist in November 2011. Prior to Kering, Helen was Associate Director at the Wildlife Conservation Society for 11 years. She has a background in field-based conservation and development projects particularly in Africa and Madagascar, as well as market-based conservation initiatives and designing corporate-NGO partnerships. Helen has also worked as a consultant to several corporations where she was responsible for helping them implement sustainability strategies. During her tenure at Kering, Helen has been advising and supporting Kering’s Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle brands with a focus on innovative cross-cutting sustainability solutions, including sustainable sourcing and manufacturing processes, to help guide the Group’s overall sustainability strategy and programme implementation.
Claire Bergkamp – Global Director of Sustainability and Innovation, Stella McCartney
Claire Bergkamp joined Stella McCartney in 2012 and is the brand’s Global Director of Sustainability and Innovation. During her tenure, Claire has helped establish the brand’s leadership and reputation in sustainability.
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Prof. Kate Fletcher – Professor of Sustainability, Design and Fashion
Kate’s pioneering work in the field, which ranges from developing ‘slow fashion ideas and practice to directional sustainability projects, including Fashion Ecologies and Local Wisdom has engaged thousands of people worldwide with the ‘craft of use’ and ‘post-growth’ fashion.
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Lynda Grose – Associate Professor at California College of the Arts
Lynda Grose co-founded ESPRIT’s ecollection, the first ecologically responsible clothing line developed by a major corporation and framed an impacts approach to fashion and sustainability which became adopted industry-wide.
Find out more about Prof. Lynda Grose here.
Prof. Angela McRobbie – Professor of Communications at Goldsmiths University of London
Angela McRobbie has recently been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. She carried out her early work at Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, her most recent books include The Aftermath of Feminism 2008, Be Creative 2015. Currently completing Feminism, Neoliberalism and Popular Culture (Polity 2019).
A regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour and Thinking Allowed and writes for OpenDemocracy and for The Guardian Comment is Free.
Find out more about Angela McRobbie here.
Praveen Nahar – Senior Faculty member in Industrial Design at National Institute of Design, India – Chairperson for International Programmes – Head of Design Vision Centre
Praveen’s areas of academic and professional interests include Systems Thinking in Design, Design Thinking, Sustainable Design, Design in the Public Domain, Rapid Product Development, Appropriate Technology and Strategic Design.
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Raw Power Movement
Amid rising anger and a state of fierce political awakening — brought on by growing prejudice, polarisation and the destructive impacts of austerity — Raw Power Movement are a group who recognise the need to channel an emergent wave of progressive energy into a muscular and robust grassroots force for change.
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Sophie Slater – Brand Director at Birdsong
Sophie Slater is co-founder and Brand Director of ethical, sustainable, feminist fashion label Birdsong. Birdsong is powered by women’s charities who make garments in East London, with an ethos of “no sweatshops and no photoshop.”
Sophie occasionally lectures and runs workshops on body positivity, feminism and zine making. She’s also written about ethical fashion for i-D magazine, Refinery29, and The Guardian.
Find out more about Birdsong here.
Dr. Stephen Sterling – Emeritus Professor of Sustainability Education at the Centre for Sustainable Futures, University of Plymouth, UK.
Stephen Sterling is widely renowned nationally and internationally for his work over many years on what education’s response should be to the global issues of sustainability, and has built a substantial reputation as one of the most eminent thought leaders on the theory and practice of sustainability education.
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Otto von Busch – Associate Professor of Integrated Design at Parsons, The New School for Design.
Otto holds a Ph.D. in design from the School of Design and Craft at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and has taught and exhibited work on the topic of fashion and empowerment over the last fifteen years. He has a background in arts, craft, design and theory and his projects explore how fashion can mobilize community capabilities through collaborative craft and social activism
Find out more about Otto von Busch here.