Activism & Leadership, Economy & Decentralisation

Toxic Threads: The Dark Side of Fashion

Talk with Orsola de Castro, Alex Noble, Dian-Jen Lin, Sophie Slater

The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. Join the pioneers of the sustainable fashion world this February as we uncover the true cost of our clothing

Wednesday 21st February 2018, 7:00pm–10:00pm Refettorio Felix, Kensington

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Orsola De Castro(Fashion Revolution), Alex Noble (EMG Initiative), Dianjen Lin(The Sustainable Angle & Post Carbon Fashion) & *Sophie Slater *(Birdsong)


The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. Join the pioneers of the sustainable fashion world this February as we uncover the true cost of our clothing throughout an evening of talks, panel discussions, Q&As, drinks, food and music. Joining us are Orsola De Castro (Fashion Revolution), Alex Noble (EMG Initiative), Sophie Slater (Birdsong) & Dian-Jen Lin (The Sustainable Angle & Post Carbon Fashion).

The fashion industry has a devastating environmental and social impact on our planet. Pollution, unethical labour practices, deforestation, hydrocide, climate change, and ever-increasing waste generation has been intensified by the phenomenon of fast fashion. While it is crucial that fashion producers transform their business models given the industry’s strong growth trajectory, we, the consumers, hold immense power in our ability to vote with our pounds and demand ethical, just and environmentally-friendly clothing. The apparel sector has a pivotal role to play in the transition to a low-carbon economy and we must start challenging the status quo of unsustainable fashion and take meaningful steps towards a sustainable and ethical system.

Schedule:#

7.00pm - Arrival, Drinks & Welcome

7.30pm - talks:

• Orsola de Castro (Fashion Revolution): ‘Why we need a Fashion Revolution

• Sophie slater (birdsong): ‘Creating Fashion from a Feminist and Holistic Perspective

• Dian-Jen Lin (the sustainable angle & post-carbon fashion): ‘post-carbon fashion: regenerative sustainability activism’

• Alex Noble (EMG initiative): ‘Harnessing the Power of Creatives to Transform Fashion’s Dark Side’

8.30pm - Break

8.45pm - Panel Discussion and Q&A

9.15pm - Drinks, Food & Music

10.30pm - End

Wednesday 21st February 2018, 7:00pm–10:00pm Refettorio Felix, Kensington

Orsola de Castro #

Orsola de Castro began up-cycling in 1997 with her original label, From Somewhere, the first to take luxury pre-consumer textile waste and re-make it into new collections.

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Alex Noble #

Alex is a Creative Director, fashion designer and artist with a career spanning ten years in the fashion industry, which has seen him collaborate with leading fashion brands, charities and organisations such as MTV, Diesel, Selfridges and Evisu.

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Dian-Jen Lin #

Dian-Jen Lin is an interdisciplinary designer with the academic rigour of a researcher, the analytical rationality of a scientist and the aesthetic sensitivity of an artist.

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Sophie Slater #

Sophie is the co-founder of Birdsong. She is also a facilitator for feminist charity, Fearless Futures. Birdsong is an ethical online marketplace selling fashion made by women’s groups.

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