Just completed: the Fashion Ecologies research project involving three years of research about localism and sustainability change in fashion. As the funded research draws to a close, a new project website has been built offering findings, research methods, research papers and micro design projects, including a ‘haberdashemergency‘ sewing repair kit and a Pocket Guide to Fashion Ecology, amongst others. The project conducted extensive fieldwork in the town of Macclesfield in the North of England and sought to develop new knowledge based on a dynamic mix of resources and interactions in an area, the sum of what a place can offer. Let us know what you think…
Localism is a growing movement of place, community and nature. This special issue seeks to explore localism in the context of fashion, investigating the dynamic interconnections between specific places, people, ecological contexts, economies and the provision and expression of fashion clothes.
In localism, place matters. Local ecosystems provide both resources and constraints to an area’s activity. People and communities evolve within unique natural and social assets of where they are based. Ecosystem health is preserved through the local adaptation of knowledge, products, cultures and practices. This special issue contends that in fashion, place also matters. It explores fashion localism as a cornerstone principle and practice of sustainability where place-based and community values describe a fashion system reconceptualised by scale, stewardship and sufficiency.
The special issue will examine fashion localism from multiple perspectives. We welcome contributions that investigate (but are not limited to) the following topics:
Local or regional activity as part of self-reliant fashion communities;
The relationship between ecosystems, soil, watersheds (etc) and fashion production;
Explicit normative framework of localism in fashion;
Analytical paradigm of localism in the context of clothing and dress;
An exploration of the social nature of localism;
The role of consumption, consumers and non-market actors in localism in the fashion context;
The role of diversity, scale and resilience within fashion systems.
The role of legislation and marketing in leveraging a change from globalized to localized fashion systems.
Papers of between 6,000 and 8,000 words should be sent by the deadline: 1st June 2017 to the guest co-editors, earlier where possible. The guest editors invite would-be contributors to contact them to discuss potential submissions well in advance of the deadline and also welcome proposals about submissions in other formats.
Authors are advised to consult the Taylor and Francis website for author instructions and style guidelines.
Guest Editor: Kate Fletcher, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, University of the Arts London
The Fashion Ecologies project is up and running, exploring themes of localism and fashion. The fieldwork in Macclesfield, in the north west of England is well under way and we will be heading to Norway to test out our findings and our mapping methods in the gorgeous Tingvoll peninsula in high north west Norway later this year. Follow our progress on the Fashion Ecologies website…
On 27th April 2012, Mike Barry, Head of Sustainable Business at M&S and Kate Fletcher, Reader in Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion discussed wide ranging themes associated with fashion and sustainability as part of the launch of M&S’s ‘Shwopping’ recycling initiative and the two week creative ‘Shwop Lab’ co-ordinated by the Centre for Sustainable Fashion in Dray Walk, London to explore shwopping design implications.
The conversation, described by one journalist as one of the most interesting and wide-ranging she’d ever heard on fashion and sustainability, has been edited into four podcasts available for download. [Read More]
Back in 1997 I started to write regular features on sustainability themes in fashion and textiles in a magazine called Eco Design, the journal of the now disbanded (and much missed) Ecological Design Association. Eco Design was first printed in the early 1990s and reflected the radical, grounded and alternative scope of early ideas of design and sustainability. It was a maverick publication and it contributed in no small way to the community and ideas that shape the way we understand the interplay between sustainability and design practice today. [Read More]