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The FashionSEEDS (Fashion Societal, Economic & Environmental Design-led Sustainability) project, led by CSF’s Prof. Dilys Williams, explores what a transformed education system in Fashion Design for Sustainability could look like and aims to develop a holistic framework to embed sustainability into higher education fashion design.

Through a European collaborative network of fashion universities and using radical design-led approaches, the framework will include course content, methodologies, learning environments, teaching materials and sector engagement in a fashion education system that seeks to nurture graduates with the skills, capabilities and knowledge of fashion design for sustainability.


We live in unprecedented times where prosperity relies upon connecting societal economic and environmental agendas. Whilst fashion is a global industry providing livelyhoods to 50+ million people and generating over €2.4 trillion each year, its practices are built on systems that are causing severe environmental and social damage.

The economic sustainability of the industry is also at risk, as fashion design practices do not take account of the diminishing resources upon which the industry relies. The fashion industry requires new models of education and environments for innovation, revised course contents, assessment methods and the means for tutors to develop new knowledge and practices.

Design Cards by Design School Kolding. Photo Credit: Valentin Russo

Team and Partners

EU funded Erasmus + Strategic Partnership €437,678 3-year project

Coordinated by Centre for Sustainable Fashion, UAL

Partners: Politecnico di Milano (IT), Design School Kolding (DK), Estonian School of Art (EE)

UAL Project Team:
Professor Dilys Williams, Nina Stevenson, Julia Crew & Natasha Bonnelame

Project Process

On Friday 2 November 2018, LCF welcomed the European FashionSEEDS partners, as the Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) hosted the kick off meeting of the EU funded FashionSEEDS project.

The meeting took place just after ‘What’s Going On?’ the Global Fashion Conference, organised by CSF, where a number of the partners presented at breakout sessions.

15 academics, tutors and industry representatives met to start the 3-year partnership and discussed reference points, key methodologies and started on the first output, a benchmarking report.

Outputs and Impacts

  • Design for sustainability education and Research Benchmarking report
  • Framework for design-led sustainability education
  • Digital Learning Resource Repository (OER)
  • Sustainability Teaching Toolkit
  • Future Skills Foresight Report
  • Policy Recommendations