Established in 2008, Fashioning the Future aims to inspire curiosity, encourage the testing of ideas and create a platform for emerging thinkers, doers, designers and innovators. It facilitates interactions between people in education and business, steering a course towards a better future.
The Fashioning the Future Awards were conceived as a means for CSF to share and exchange knowledge, skills and experience with others. So far, we’ve connected over 3000 students from a host of fashion institutions worldwide with global businesses and NGOs. Resources, developed from our expertise, act as a guide to participants and outcomes are showcased through exhibition, catwalk and digital mediums.
Building on a methodology developed by Dilys Williams to engage designers in active participation, empathy and collaboration, Fashioning the Future has evolved into an immersive summer school. Currently the summer school engages students and tutors from leading fashion institutions across Europe.
Fashioning the Future is currently based around Habit(AT) a research project that explores the possibilities for fashion to contribute to resilience in an increasingly urbanized world. Participants work to a brief developed and supported by industry partners, focusing on building innovative ideas into relevant concepts and prototypes.
The project is was part funded by the Eurpoean Union’s Erasmus Lifelong Learning Programme, enabling participants to take part in an immersive incubator, located in London, with insights from across Europe.