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2nd March 2010 and 03 March 2010

FEI Conference: Fast Forward

Download the programme and presentations from this event.

View a film made at the event in the resource section.

Fashion both reflects and influences social change. In a time when we are increasingly concerned with the impact of the fashion industry on people and the planet students need to be equipped with the tools to design the way we make and consume fashion differently. Fashioning an Ethical Industry is part of a growing global movement within fashion education that is addressing ethical issues to bring about this change. This two day international conference, which is being supported by the University of Northumbria, will bring together educators, industry experts, academics and selected students in London to explore how fashion can be taught to inspire responsibility for the rights of the workers making our clothes.

The event will take place at Rich Mix - an old garment factory - in the heart of London's vibrant East end.

Speakers confirmed so far include:

Otto Von Busch (Haute-Couture Heretic - critically hacking and re-forming the operating system of fashion and the industrial modes of production)

Nieves Ruiz Ramos (Bibico - fairly trading with cooperatives in India and Nepal to create fashion forward design)

Sophie Koers (Fair Wear Foundation - collaborating to promote decent working conditions in the fashion industry)

Alex Mcintosh (Centre for Sustainable Fashion - supporting fashion businesses move towards a triple bottom line approach to growth and development)

Alongside our set programme of speakers with expertise in the industry, we will provide the opportunity for the presentation of academic research papers and for students to present their project or dissertation work at the conference. For further information click this link.

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