Fashion Revolution Panel Discussion: ‘Can Fast-Fashion Ever Be Sustainable?

The Rana Plaza disaster on April 24th saw the growth of the international campaign, Fashion Revolution and a global call for transparency in the often opaque and ever glamorised fashion industry. Over the past few years there have been many positive changes both in terms of the industry’s social and environmental impact, however, we are still left with the question ‘Can fast-fashion ever truly be sustainable?’.

Have we created a system so overwhelmingly reliant on production and consumption that we have lost our ability to reimagine a fair and sustainable fashion industry?

Join us on April 24th, the anniversary of Rana Plaza for a panel discussion; ‘Can fast-fashion ever be sustainable?’

We’ll delve into the effects of the fast-fashion industry on developing nations, changes taking place in the industry and question whether these changes are putting a band-aid on a problematic system or actually have the power to tackle the root problems within the industry.

This will be followed by a Q&A where you are free to ask questions. We’ll then have some nibbles and drinks!

The panel will be chaired by:

Carol Rose

Carol Rose is a creative practitioner whose experience in the fashion industry spans over 20 years working with some of the UK’s leading brands. Carol has worked globally sourcing and developing fashion in the Far East, Europe, North Africa and India.

In her recent role as the technical advisor to the UK Governments’ Sustainable Clothing Action Plan she developed and delivered the ELC Awards, an initiative that challenged designers to design concepts which would prolong the life of clothing, thus slowing down the fashion cycle.

Carol’s training is in fashion design and she has brought to market her own womenswear collections which sold successfully in London, USA, Dubai and Moscow.

She has lectured and is an international speaker on the topic of incorporating ethical and sustainable principles in the Fashion Lifecycle. Carol is a champion for the Ubuntu proverb “I AM because WE are” as the thought process to creating and developing communities and industries.

Panellists include:

Fée Uhssi

Fée is a fashion designer who offers products and services to make people feel beautiful, powerful and joyful! All these products are made with universal love in collaboration with organisations and charities working to make a positive change in this world and all the materials are made or/and ethically sourced.

SYLWIA BAJEK

Sylwia Bajek is a Fashion and Art Consultant specialising in Brand Strategy and Development. She gained her experience working for companies such as Karla Otto, Stella McCartney, Vilshenko and Band of Outsiders. Sylwia’s experience covers all four pillars of fashion: Design and Development, Production and Supply Chain, Sales and Distribution, and Marketing and Communications which she pursues as her career choice.

Dr. Francesco Mazarella

Francesco Mazzarella is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF), investigating the role of design activism in the field of sustainable fashion. Before joining CSF, Francesco pursued a PhD at Loughborough Design School, exploring how service design can be used to activate textile artisan communities to transition towards a sustainable future.

Tue 24 April 2018

19:00 – 21:00

39 Pepper St, Canary Wharf, London, E14 9RP

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