Rethinking Fashion: Upskilling for a more Sustainable Future

Rethink, re-use and upskill – be a changemaker

A conference in three parts: three discussions, three skills sessions, three days.

Contemporary fashion faces a crisis of waste. But what can we do about it? Together we must redesign the system and re-use resources. This event brings together designers, innovators and experts to consider how best to create a sustainable future for fashion.

Exploring a variety of perspectives on urgent challenges, speakers will share knowledge and offer practical small-scale solutions, empowering you to make an impactful change with far-reaching effects.

Your ticket gives access to all three talks. Explore the full programme below.

✂️ Wednesday 28 October

Instagram skills session posted at 12.30.

Online talk, 18.30 - 19.45: Making Something from Something: Circular Design – A discussion with Rebecca Earley and Priya Ahluwalia.

✂️ Thursday 29 October

Instagram skills session posted at 12.30.

Online talk, 18.30 - 19.45: From the Ground up: Disruption in Action – An in conversation with Phoebe English and Charles Jeffrey.

✂️ Friday 30 October

Online talk, 18.30 - 19.45: In conversation with Orsola de Castro and Arianne Orillac, chaired by Jen Ballie.


Phoebe English founded her eponymous label in 2011. Rejecting mass-made or ‘fast’ fashion, PHOEBE ENGLISH pieces are created with close attention to detail and quality. Everything is made in London, meaning the journey from sketch to garment is minimised to a roughly 15-mile radius from her studio.

Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY is the fashion house founded by Glaswegian designer, illustrator, stylist and radical creative, Charles Jeffrey. LOVERBOY’s visual identity is steeped in Jeffrey’s autobiographical primary research, interpreted through an illustrative, DIY approach to design. As a label born on the dancefloor, a sense of event will forever be at the heart of LOVERBOY’s output.

Professor Rebecca Earley is a design researcher and award-winning research team leader at University of the Arts London. She is based at Chelsea College of Arts where she is Co-Director of Centre for Circular Design (CCD) and co-founder of World Circular Textiles Day 2050. Her expertise is in sustainable and circular fashion textile design.

Priya Ahluwalia launched her namesake brand, Ahluwalia, in 2018. Through her brand, Priya combines elements of her dual Indian-Nigerian heritage and London roots and explores the life of vintage and dead stock clothing, using textile techniques to give them new life. The brand focuses on creating unique forward-thinking garments for the modern man, using responsible sourcing and manufacture techniques.

Orsola de Castro is an internationally recognised opinion leader in sustainable fashion. In 2006, she co-founded the British Fashion Council initiative Estethica at London Fashion Week, which she curated until 2014. In 2013, with Carry Somers, she founded Fashion Revolution, a global campaign with participation in over 100 countries around the world. Orsola’s first book “Loved Clothes Last” will be published by Penguin Life in February 2021.

Arianne Orillac is the Circular Business Design Lead at IDEO and co-creator of IDEO's Circular Economy CoLab collaborating with the textiles industry to explore opportunities to design out waste and create value through design

The conference will also include free skill sessions on Instagram. Keep your eyes on our social channels for more details.


Booking includes all three days, Wednesday 28 - Friday 30 October 2020

18.30 - 19.45

Location Online

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