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The White Project: Zero waste fashion design summer school

Course overview

Research how to design ‘zero waste’ garments and explore the options that addressing ethics and the environment offer your design practice.

The fashion industry produces staggering amounts of waste. Discover how zero waste garments were the standard from the use of animal skins and single pieces of woven material to make a peplos, sari or kilt. Learn how a history of disassembling, mending and reusing simple fabric shapes continued right up until the mid-20th Century.

Explore your creativity and consider how you can work with your design research in your practice. Use white Tyvek material to eliminate the distraction of colour or print so you can focus on technique, cut and form. Produce a final zero waste design supported by a portfolio of evidence.

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Course information

Eligibility Minimum English requirement
Level Level 5, equivalent to 2nd year of a degree
Duration 3 weeks
Contact time 50 hours
Extra cost £60
Equivalent to 3 to 4 US semester hours or 7.5 European ECTS credits. Learn how they're recognised
Fees Fees to book your summer school place

Who this course is for  

International arts and design students with some experience of fashion or textile design. You have ideally started an undergraduate degree. 

What you’ll learn 

On this Southampton Summer School module you’ll learn how to: 

Course lead 

This Southampton Summer School module is lead by Winchester School of Arts Senior Teaching Fellow Delia Crowe. Sustainability is at the heart of her teaching and research and she launched the school’s sustainability forum to make progress on the issue.  Find out more about Delia Crowe

Contact us

Please contact the Summer School Team on +44 (0)23 8052 8895 if you have any questions.

To ask us anything about Southampton Summer School, email us:

Field trips you’ll take

A day trip to London including a guided visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and fabric shops.

A ‘Textures of Winchester’ day in the city including a tour and day of sketching, photography and physical research.

Topics you'll learn

Critical thinking for design.

Fashion and textile design and sustainability.

How to turn research into design.

Zero waste design methods.

Minimalism and the colour white.

Teaching and assessment methods

Teaching methods include:

  • Tutor briefing
  • Presentations
  • Group tutorials
  • Creative and technical workshops
  • Critical Review and formative feedback

You’ll get formative feedback on:

  1. A portfolio of work to evidence your practice.
  2. A 500 word critical reflection on the production of your work.

Recommended reading list

Black, S. (2011) Eco-Chic: The Fashion Paradox London; Black Dog Publishing Ltd

Fine, B. and Leopold, E. (1993) The World of Consumption London: Routledge

Fletcher, K. and Grosse, L. (2012) Fashion & Sustainability, Design for Change London; Laurence King Publishing Ltd.

Gwilt, A. (2014) A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion London: Bloomsbury

Hawken, P. (2010) The Ecology of Commerce – A Declaration of Sustainability New York: Harper Business

Hethorn, J. and Ulasewicz, C. (2015) Sustainable Fashion – What’s Next? (2nd Ed) London; Bloomsbury

Klein, N. (2010) No Logo (10th Anniversary Ed) London: Fourth Estate

Leonard, A. (2010) The Story of Stuff. London: Constable

McDonough, W. and Braungart, M. (2013) The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability – Designing for Abundance North Point Press

Papanek, V. (1984) Design for the Real World London: Thames and Hudson

Payne, A. (2021) Designing Fashion’s Future London: Bloomsbury

Quinn, B. (2012) Fashion Futures London; Merrell Publishers Ltd.

Rissanen, T. and McQuillan, H. (2016) Zero Waste Fashion Design London; Bloomsbury

Schumacher, E. F. (2011) Small is Beautiful. A Study of Economics as if People Mattered. London: Vintage

Websites/ Designers

Textiles Environment Design (TED)

Stella McCartney A – Z Manifesto: an Intersection of Fashion, Art and Sustainability

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