Diary Date: Sustainable Fashion Week debuts at ARU




Diaries at the ready and book a front row seat: next month Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) will host its inaugural Sustainable Fashion Week. All taking place on Zoom – seats in the front row for everybody – the five-day Cambridge fixture from October 5 to 9 promises an array of sustainable fashion-forward events that are not to be missed. There will be lots of opportunities to get up to speed on the innovative advances taking place within the industry, as well as practical solutions for changing behaviour – from buying second-hand clothes and upcycling, to borrowing.

Pure One at bepureone.com (41643728)
Pure One at bepureone.com (41643728)

The week of talks, presentations, workshops, and discussions will explore themes ranging from the future of fashion and human rights, to sustainable fashion from a business perspective. Confirmed speakers provide a stellar line-up and include: Dr Helga Henjy, an expert in Human Rights Law at ARU who will be discussing the impact of the fashion industry in countries such as Bangladesh and India; Dr Beatriz Acevedo, an artist and academic who will be running an online workshop to encourage participants to rethink their wardrobes and connect more deeply with their clothes; Marina Plotnikova and Nina Shershnova, the founders of sustainable fashion brand Pure One, pictured here, who will bring an insider’s perspective to setting up a sustainable fashion business; artist Sarah Strachan and ARU fashion graduate Bruno Dias Coelho, now in textile design, who will consider the impact of fashion on the environment, how fashion shapes identity and what the future of fashion might look like; and Dr Wendy Moody, Senior Lecturer, Fashion Design Course, ARU, who will share her research into the wearer experience using virtual technologies and how this could negate the need to buy new clothes.

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Bepureone.com (41643723)

The subject of sustainability in fashion is certainly a hot topic and the stats reflecting the environmental damage resulting from fast fashion are compelling. “Textile production contributes more to climate change than aviation and shipping combined, consumes lake-sized volumes of fresh water, and creates chemical and plastic pollution,” said Victoria Tait, Education for Sustainability Coordinator at ARU and one of the event organisers. “In the UK, we buy more clothes per person than any other country in Europe. Around 300,000 tonnes of textile waste ends up in household black bins every year, sent to landfill or incinerators. Fast fashion comes at a cost, both environmentally and socially.

“The purpose of ARU’s first Sustainable Fashion Week is to empower our students and the local community to do things differently, while also providing an insight into the trends and innovations taking place within the fashion industry itself.”

To book and for full details see ARU’s community events listings page: aru.ac.uk/community-engagement/community-events-listing



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