Blog

Every week a member of the CSF team or network contributes an article to this website, offering inspiring insights and ideas on the role fashion plays in a global sustainability agenda.

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CSF go plastic free

Way back before Christmas we decided we’d try a week of going plastic free. It’s a hard time of year to give it a go but as a team we felt pretty committed and have since decided to extend this as part of our working practices. As a result, we’ve had more conversations with each […]

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What’s Going On? Call for Papers

We humans have always fashioned protection and adornment for our bodies from the world around us. Beyond this, the activities and artefacts of fashion act as a barometer of our lives and lifestyles. Today the activity of shielding and embellishing the body is a personal process as well as a global industry with powerful ramifications […]

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Women. Fashion. Power.

On International Women’s Day this year we reflect on the title of last year’s exhibition at the Design Museum. What is the interplay between them when it comes to fashion and sustainability? And what can we make of these words in a Post-Weinstein #TimesUp #MeToo world? What of Women. Fashion. Power… 100 years after some […]

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Understanding Luxury Fashion

During London Fashion Week last week CSF launched the world’s first open-access digital course in luxury fashion and sustainability. Co-created with Kering, it’s been a year of hard work bringing together our research, approaches and knowledge that have been honed over the last decade as well as insights and expertise from Kering’s sustainability team. “Fashion […]

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CSF is 10

The beginning of a year is often a time for commitment, a means to mark the beginning of something or to revitalize a waning enthusiasm. This can be on the back of a reflection on what has been going on in our own or others’ lives, a moment of being present, to see where we […]

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The Beginning of Belonging

It’s a well talked and well written about element of the human condition, the search for belonging; in terms of both a physical place and also a space within ourselves in which we are content and loving. Yet within the current global context which sees people being forced from their homes and communities the search for this […]

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Voices and Values for Sustainable Fashion

CSF Professor Kate Fletcher calls for more voices to be heard and amplified in discussions around fashion and sustainability. Here and on her blog she writes of the need for a deep look at the values currently promoted within the fashion industry and a greater understanding of the structural shift that is needed if we […]

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In the Shadows and In the Light

At times, it feels as though, the more that you learn – the less you think that you know. As our work in fashion, design and sustainability develops – so we realise the great range of disciplines and bodies of knowledge that our work touches draws on. But at other times, it feels as though […]

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Jenni Kusowski: Kering Award Winner

Over the last year we have been working with the finalists of the 2016 Kering Awards for Sustainable Fashion. In the run-up to the winners being announced later this month, we are profiling the work of the finalists. This year the Kering brands involved were Gucci and Stella McCartney. Jenni Kusowski has worked to develop a […]

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Heather Portbury: Kering Award Finalist

Thinking about the aftercare of a garment is crucial to a holistic understanding of what sustainability in fashion involves. Here we hear more about Heather Portbury’s project which focuses on the care of silk. Can you briefly tell us what is your project about? HP: My project is focused on reducing the environmental impact of […]