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Members of the CSF team or network contribute articles to this website regularly, offering inspiring insights and ideas on the role fashion plays in a global sustainability agenda.

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How we are shaping the future – through our fashion habits and aspirations

Relationships are the subject of much debate at Centre for Sustainable Fashion; those that we have with each other and with nature. Fashion, as we know, exemplifies these relationships in vivid forms.

What is the source of prosperity for all involved in fashion?

Everything in fashion comes from nature and, mediated by labour, becomes the materials, products, services and systems that make fashion the 7th largest industry in the world. That industry is made up in the main, of micro and small businesses, with designer-entrepreneurs whose ideas and practices are the zeitgeist of shape and style. They represent localities, […]

Za’atari Refugee Camp: Unknowing and Uncertainty

    Since returning from Za’atari in February I’ve been trying to making sense of my experience. Trying to connect what’s being lived there, to what’s being lived here in London. Brexit. Walls. Cochroaches. Migrant crisis. Illegalness. Hostile Environments. Grenfell. Climate Emergency. Extinction Rebellion. And the threads that connect them? I’m working on this, I […]

I WANNA BE ME, I WANNA BE (E)U – Live Art Performance

  As part of the “Making for Change: Waltham Forest” project that he is leading on in partnership with Waltham Forest Council for London Borough of Culture 2019, our Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Francesco Mazzarella has collaborated with the international artist collective Foreign Investment to design and deliver “I WANNA BE ME I WANNA BE (E)U”. This was […]

Fashion x Extinction Rebellion

  Last week CSF hosted Sara Arnold to talk about Extinction Rebellion (XR). Sara had been involved with the direct action that took place across London earlier in April. She was also active during London Fashion Week back in February – highlighting climate change as an urgent issue for the industry to address. Sara talked […]

Orsola de Castro: Fashion Revolution

We sat down for a quick interview with Orsola de Castro, Founder and Creative Director of Fashion Revolution during Fashion Revolution Week 2019 to hear her thoughts on industry changes; brand transparency, her vision for the future of Fashion Revolution and why remembering that loved clothes last is just as important as asking brands, “Who made my clothes?”. […]

Fashion Revolution at UAL 2019

Written by Jo Sait   Fashion Revolution Week is THE biggest fashion event in the world, with talks and film screenings to clothes-swapping parties in cities worldwide. UAL staff and students have come together to organise their own events as part of Fashion Revolution Week 2019, 22-28 April – come along and join the revolution.   […]

Extinction Rebellion

By Anna Fitzpatrick and Katy Barker Photo: Gabrielle Miller Monday this week saw the start of the International Rebellion, a week (or more) of non-violent direct action at various sites around the UK and the world, organised by the decentralised socio-political social movement Extinction Rebellion (ER). The plan, it seems, was to ‘shut down’ London. […]

Are you a Small Fashion Design Business Seeking to Drive Change Towards a More Sustainable Future?

CSF are calling all designers working in micro and small fashion businesses to join us in empowering micro and small fashion businesses to build a more sustainable future! CSF has always made support for small business a core aspect of our ethos and work. As a part of a two and a half year research project Fostering […]

Professor Dilys Williams’ response to ‘Fixing Fashion: Clothing and Sustainability’

The Environmental Audit Committee on fashion and sustainability is publishing a hugely important report today.  It is unequivocal in its message, ‘the fashion industry’s current business model is clearly unsustainable,’ It is equally clear in its ambition, ‘we want to see a thriving fashion industry in the UK that employs people, inspires creativity and contributes to […]