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Winchester School of Art

Delia Crowe: Sustainability and Fashion (Clothing) Design Seminar

Delia Crowe
16:00 - 17:30
25 April 2018
Harvard Suite (Room Number 3032), WSA

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Professor John Armitage at .

Event details

In this age of the Anthropocene, you cannot separate fashion (or clothing) design from the issues of sustainability - exploitation, environmental destruction, climate change, overconsumption, waste. The current world population of 7.3 billion is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100, according to a 2015 United Nations DESA (Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs) report. China and India remain the two largest countries in the world. How do we teach our (mostly) international students to be collaborators, innovators, responsible designers when built-in-obsolescence has become the norm; to be active, rather than passive consumers in an age where we are in danger of ‘considering everything a throwaway item’ (Papanek, 1985)?

Speaker information

Delia Crowe: ,Designer, Delia Crowe, MA, has extensive experience of working within the fashion industry, predominantly for British High Street Brands. Her industry experience, which includes working with manufacturers in the developing world, has afforded her an overarching understanding of fast fashion from production through to consumption, and this knowledge has fuelled her research into the potential and possibility to make sustainability in fashion a reality. As MA Fashion Design Programme leader, she has facilitated and built a programme that considers sustainability as an inherent part of the design process, creating a model that is showcased in student projects and exhibitions all of which have culminated in the development of an annual Fashion and Sustainability Forum, which attracts an international audience.

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