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Fashion Education for Sustainability: Kering

Crucial in bringing about demonstrable change is education that places the interdependencies between society, economy, ecology and culture within the learning framework. Education offers not only knowledge generation but also nurtures the skills and aptitudes needed for graduates to take on roles as agents for change, inspired to act now to do better now and simultaneously for the future.

“Sustainability should not be at the margins of the educational system but integrated into the core of our approach.” François-Henri Pinault

LCF students from across all the schools at Masters level can apply to be part of the Kering collaborative unit, Empowering Imagination. Through co-creating curriculum we are working to create a new kind of fashion graduate who can support sustainable practices and innovation within the industry and push for change.

Over the past three years, CSF and Kering have worked with 120 students across the various MA and MSc courses at LCF. This approach is ground breaking in bringing together students from across disciplines to pioneer a change in practice for the fashion industry, with expert insight from Kering, CSF researchers and a selection of outside organisations. We will continue to enhance and develop this unit to embed validated sustainability teaching and learning into curriculum at LCF across the five-year partnership.

Transforming Fashion Education

Work by MA Fashion Futures student Fiona Fung

The Curriculum has been co-created by CSF and Kering, bringing together expert knowledge in fashion design for sustainability and industry practice in luxury fashion. Through this co-creation process, CSF and Kering are empowering a new kind of fashion graduate who can drive change and support sustainable practices and innovation within the industry. 

The Curriculum seeks students who are intrigued by the idea of exploring fashion as a contributor to a nature and humanity centred future. Whether knowledge and experience in sustainability already distinguishes a student’s work, or this curiosity is in its first form, the Curriculum welcomes a diverse mix of students from a spectrum of fashion disciplines – communication, business and design, theory and practice. Students work collaboratively in teams, cross fertilizating ideas and mirroring industry practice.

During the 15-week programme, students participate in a range of activities, exploring the context of our times from different perspectives, to identify how fashion might transform itself and contribute to societies, cultures, and economies, responding to one of a set number of challenges.

Eligible students will hear more about how to get involved through the collaborative unit this term.

Read more about the education side of the partnership in ‘Transition to Transformation in Education for Sustainability‘ by Dilys Williams