Sustainability: What's Fashion got to do with it?
20 November at 6 pm
Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design (https://apply.whitecliffe.ac.nz/e/5a0a12bd72bbfd70d20001ff)
24 Balfour Rd; Parnell
A public lecture by Dilys Williams - Professor of Fashion Design for Sustainability at University of the Arts London and based at London College of Fashion.
Fashion has a distinctive role in all of our lives. Since we’ve been standing, we’ve crafted materials to adorn our bodies and represent our identities. Fashion is personal; most of us wear clothes on a daily basis, engaging in practices and habits that most people can take part in. Fashion is public; it’s directly important to governments and businesses at multiple scales across worldwide locations. Its range of livelihoods employs around fifty million people – mainly women, deeply affecting individual and community prosperity. Crucially, every piece in our wardrobes comes from nature, our only home as humans, and is shaped via human ingenuity through hands and minds. What happens in fashion, affects us all. And each of us has the potential to affect fashion. We live in times of unprecedented change in personal, societal, economic, cultural and ecological terms. How we shape and respond to these interdependent changes depends on our capacity to think critically about how we think and act, to reflect on what we really value - and vitally, to think and act differently, for all of our sakes. Drawing on her work as director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion and professor of Fashion Design for Sustainability at University of the Arts, London, Dilys Williams will share some of the research being undertaken through the centre that explores ways in which we can design fashion for each and all of us to directly and indirectly delight in.