The Centre for Sustainable Fashion's guiding themes

About CSF

Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) is a Research Centre of the University of the Arts London based at London College of Fashion. Our work explores vital elements of Better Lives London College of Fashion’s commitment to using fashion to drive change, build a sustainable future and improve the way we live. Publications from our team of researchers can be found on the centre’s UAL Research Online page.

Established in 2008 by Dilys Williams, actively supported by other key change-makers from fashion and beyond, CSF’s starting point was human and ecological resilience as a lens for design in fashion’s artistic and business practices. We have grown to be a diverse community of world leading researchers, designers, educators and communicators with an extensive network that crosses disciplines, generations, cultures and locations, enabling us to:

Create internationally acclaimed research
Set agendas in government, business, and public arenas
Pioneer world relevant curriculum

Fashion shapes and reflects society and communities, their culture and diversity, it is both personal and ubiquitous, an every day phenomenon. CSF was devised to question and challenge reactionary fashion cultures, which reflect and re-enforce patterns of excessive consumption and disconnection, to expand fashion’s ability to connect, delight and identify individual and collective values. CSF’s commitment, vision and action plan for the next five years is outlined in the CSF Strategy 2015-2020.

In 2018 we celebrated our 10th birthday, in conjunction with this we hosted What’s Going on? Global Fashion Conference 2o18 on 31 October & 1 November . To mark the ten years since CSF was formed, we have released a publication articulating some of the centre’s change-making practices and projects and highlights the ongoing and increasingly pressing need to continue to build a transformed fashion system.