Sustainable Fashion: A Handbook for Educators Fashioning a Sustainable Industry

Sustainable Fashion Handbook

'Collaborating with Fair Trade Producers: Design and Trends', Toni Hicks in Sustainable Fashion, Liz Parker and Marsha A Dickson eds.

There is still only a small body of work examining ways of teaching about the social and environmental impacts of the fashion industry. 'Sustainable Fashion: A Handbook for Educators' is, therefore, a response to a perceived need. It covers ideas and trachning materials for design, garment technology and product development, for socially responsible business and merchandising, for marketing, promotion, fashion management and communications, and summarises various approaches taken to teaching sustainable fashion. 

Toni Hicks: "Over the past five years at the University of Brighton, we have been incorporating into our programme a number of events and projects to raise and develop students’ awareness of both ethical and ecological issues relating to the fashion and textile industries. In 2007, we ran a series of twelve workshops with IFAT members/producer groups in the alpaca regions of Latin America (Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Chile). These included showing knitted textile and knitwear designs developed by our students in targeted projects that had focused on an understanding of the communities’ abilities and needs. We also discussed the importance of quality control and exchanged technical skills. From the mutual insight gained, it was possible to progress design samples, which were presented to buyers at Topshop, La Redoute and other European fashion outlets. 

"In a further project, a team of students produced a ‘trend newsletter’ featuring student designs for distribution throughout the IFAT network. The first pilot issue was prepared for the May 2008 COFTA (Cooperation for Fair Trade in Africa) conference for African members of the IFAT network, held in Cairo. It was sent for the Rio de Janeiro IFAT conference for South American producers in August 2008 and to the Sri Lankan IFAT conference for Asian producers in October 2008. After comment and feedback from IFAT members, we plan to create further issues on a regular basis, involving students at all levels."

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