How can fashion and design engage and enable communities with sustainability, social change and well-being?
As part of Fashion as Community Week, this panel will feature presentations from Fashion Revolution, Alex Noble and Tony Credland. The event will be hosted by Rachael Taylor.
Each speaker will present how they are currently involved with using fashion and design communication to engage and enable communities to make change. This will be followed by a series of questions around the week's themes of sustainability, social change and well-being. What part fashion can play within the community? The audience will then have an opportunity to raise their own questions on the discussion.
Fashion Revolution are a global movement calling for greater transparency, sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry. They celebrate fashion as a positive influence while also scrutinising industry practices and raising awareness of the fashion industry’s most pressing issues. Fashion Revolution strives to be action-oriented and solution focused. Rather than making people feel guilty, they help them recognise that they have the power to do something to make a positive change. This is shown in their Fashion Revolution Week, the 2nd edition of their Fanzine with the new series ‘Love Clothes Last’ and their recent collaboration with Greenpeace, Sharable in the MakeSmthing Week.
Alex Noble - Fashion costume designer
Alex Noble works in performing arts, film, fashion and advertising; with a passion for ethical and sustainable practice. He has designed stage and video outfits for Florence Welch, Alison Goldfrapp, Laura Mvula, Kylie Minogue and Paloma Faith among others. He combines this with a personal desire to work on the bigger issues effecting the world. This led him to start a project called the EMG INITIATIVE, using designer waste to create new product to be sold to raise awareness and funds on issues caused by the fashion, garment and textile industries. His collaborations include working with Traid, Childhope, The Rainbow Collective and Fashion Revolution.
Tony Credland - Lead Tutor, MA Graphic Design, London College of Communication
Tony Credland is a print-based graphic designer. He was co-organiser of the 'Cactus Network' which manifested itself as a mail-art magazine. He is active in radical media projects such as London Indymedia and Reclaim the Streets and continues to be active in grassroots politics and co-edited the book We are everywhere; the irresistible rise of global anti-capitalism. His interests in graphic design range from mapping, book and magazine design to politics, often utilising accessible print techniques such as screen-printing and Riso machines in community workshops to encourage a greater visibility of local campaigns.
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