Centre for Sustainable Fashion has announced their launch of free-to-use platform FashionSEEDS (Fashion Societal, Economic & Environment Design-led Sustainability), to inspire global fashion educators in exploring, teaching, and learning about sustainability through fashion design.
Led under Professor Dilys Williams, director of centre for sustainable fashion at London College of Fashion, FashionSEEDS provides experts insight from tutors and researchers, with a range of resources to help users consider the why, what, how, and with whom fashion education takes place.
It offers ways to reflect and take action to demonstrate the positive impact that sustainable fashion design can have on the planet.
The centre, based at London College of Fashion, UAL, utilised a European network of fashion universities to create the platform. It is designed by tutors, for tutors, covering a spectrum of sustainability knowledge and experience. Tutors can return to the platform as their needs evolve within fashion education.
Education is the leverage point for change in societies, cultures and economies; in this time of climate emergency, personal and systemic change in fashion is needed more than ever. As fashion tutors we have the opportunity and responsibility to be changemakers; to nurture knowledge, skills and capabilities that challenge damaging practices in the existing fashion system and design new systems that restore nature and equity. We can guide and embolden each other in navigating unknown territory using trusted reference points and including practices of care and inclusivity. FashionSEEDS offers tutors connectivity and shared learning to use as they tread the path of systems change – Dilys Williams, director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion, UAL
The Tutor’s Toolkit, a brand-new guide offered by the platform, can be applied or adapted to help educators consider ways to put nature and equity at the heart of fashion design curricula. This includes:
- Course Designer: Aiming to equip educators and course teams to foreground and apply fashion design for sustainability principles and practice in their teaching and learning design.
- Design Canvas: Supporting academics, leaders and practitioners in identifying their strategic priorities through a holistic approach to fashion design for sustainability.
- Cards: Offering practical exemplars for fashion educators to adapt and apply sustainability-oriented course content to reform, transform or complement current teaching and learning.
- Learning Activity Tool: Sharing 24 teaching activities developed to be integrated into existing courses or to be used as inspiration for building new course content.
As well as this, designers behind the platform have produced key resources to help underpin the practicalities of teaching and learning. These include:
- The Reader: A pocket book to the platform which acts as a stand-alone reference in fashion design education for sustainability in higher education.
- The Library: A curated list of reviewed external platforms, the fashion tutor as sustainability, developed to help tutors in the development of their own practice and the FashionSEEDS project reports, which share the underpinning documents developed in the creation of the platform itself.
Three years in the making, the platform developer’s were based from four universities in Europe: University of the Arts London, Politecnico di Milano, Estonian Academy of the Arts, and Design School Kolding.
It also drew on research involving educators in over 70 universities around the world.
The FashionSEEDS team would like to thank the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union for co-funding this project and all of those who have given their time to contribute to the creation of this work.
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