I am about to go to Bangladesh for the second time. This time I am working for UNIDO as a consultant with the project Better Work in Textiles and Garments . Under this project UNIDO is working with the Ministry of Commerce to improve the RMG sector and the BGMEA University of Fashion & Technology (BUFT).
Along with the seminars and cluster workshops I will be facilitating in Dhaka, I hope to visit the singing weavers in Tangail and meet the seed keepers that have been preserving the diverse strains of seed for hundreds of years. No basmati rice here!
Conference: Fashion Transitions – Ethical Fashion Insights
To support the exhibition Fashion Footprints Sustainable Approaches, we are organizing a conference to explore further some of the areas we looked at in the exhibition…
Where: Somerset College of Arts and Technology
When: Thursday 4th November, 10.30am – 4pm – registration at 10am
Adm. £24 (including lunch), £10 student concession (does not include lunch). Booking essential – firstname.lastname@example.org or 01392 832277
The aim of ‘Fashion Transitions’ is to provide a platform for discourse around the areas of fashion, wellbeing, nature and enterprise. The conference will encourage delegates to think about how change can happen and look to successful models of change/transition, examining how these can be applied to the fashion industry and consumer behaviour. The speakers chosen represent areas from across a wide range of disciplines.
Confirmed speakers are:
Otto von Busch, Fashion Hacktivist from Göteborg University (Sweden)
Alastair Fuad-Luke, winner of the publishing category European Environmental Design Awards for The Eco-design Handbook.
Lee Holdstock, Trade Relations Manager from the Soil Association
Piers Thomas who designs innovative performance-enhancing technical products to create positive change
Finisterre, a South West clothing company with a line of clothing exclusively made of rare breed wool from Devon.
Exhibition: Fashion Footprints
Fashion Footprints: Sustainable Approaches is a groundbreaking concept devised by CCANW and graduates from the MA Fashion and the Environment at London College of Fashion.
The pioneering exhibition explores the idea of fashion and textiles acting as an interface between humankind and the environment. It combines accessible illustrated display panels and representative garments and aims to highlight the key problems and major environmental and social impacts that result from the fashion and textile industries. The project considers realistic solutions embedded in existing practice, and seeks to dispel the ambivalence that is so often associated with fashion and sustainability.
The photograph below is taken from the fashion in the forest site specific dance piece which was choreographed specially for the occasion.
Photograph by Kevin Clifford