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Fashion and Sustainability: Understanding Luxury Fashion in a Changing World

Gain an introduction to issues, agendas, and contexts relating to sustainable fashion, and the evolving global fashion industry.

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Fashion and Sustainability: Understanding Luxury Fashion in a Changing World

How can we make fashion more sustainable?

Are you interested in sustainable fashion? If so, this 6-week course focusing on luxury fashion and sustainable practices might be right for you.

Fashion is a global industry worth $2.4 trillion and is said to be one of the world’s most polluting industries. Despite the issues, fashion has the power to make positive change, re-imagining currently damaging systems.

Discover why sustainable fashion is necessary

In this course, you’ll explore the different contexts for fashion and sustainability. This will include looking at planetary boundaries and human equality as reasons to use sustainable practices in fashion.

We’ll be thinking about the scale and volume of fashion consumption and changes in fashion habits. We’ll also discuss how we might reimagine ways in which fashion success could shift, such as moving away from the current fast fashion model.

Explore fabric sourcing and sustainable materials

Sourcing materials for sustainability in luxury fashion involves aesthetic, functional, economic, environmental, and social considerations.

This week we’ll be looking specifically at the social and environmental considerations in sourcing materials and you will learn from real-life scenarios. You’ll be observing fashion supply chains and debating the use of certain materials, such as leather.

Unlock your creativity and step into sustainable fashion design

It’s time to be creative, as we’ll be discussing what good design is, and how to approach fashion design for sustainability. You’ll also get to attempt a design challenge with us.

In the final week, we invite you to be a changemaker, encouraging you to share your manifesto for fashion and sustainability. We’ll look to the future of fashion, where we can establish meaningful change in the industry.

What topics will you cover?

  • Week 1 - Why Sustainability in Fashion?
  • Week 2 - Contextualising Sustainability for a Changing World
  • Week 3 - Material Dimensions: Sourcing for luxury fashion
  • Week 4 - Informed Decision Making: Tools and methods
  • Week 5 - Creative Possibilities
  • Week 6 - Creative Realisation

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Discuss the complex nature of sustainability through the introduction to materials sourcing for luxury fashion; informed decision making; and creative realisation of ideas.
  • Apply understanding of fashion & sustainability knowledge and reflection to your practice through manifesto creation and design thinking processes.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of key sustainability agendas, issues and contexts associated with luxury fashion design, production and consumption.
  • Debate current and emerging perspectives, design approaches and business strategies relevant to the contexts of planetary boundaries and human equality.
  • Develop innovative approaches to fashion that can contribute to ecological resilience and thriving societies.

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at those working in fashion, fashion education, and those with an interest in sustainability in the fashion industry.

Who will you learn with?

Professor Dilys Williams FRSA is Director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion, a University of the Arts Research Centre based at London College of Fashion.

Education for Sustainability Leader at Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion

Who developed the course?

London College of Fashion

London College of Fashion, UAL is a world leader in fashion design, media and business education. We have been nurturing creative talent for over a century, offering courses in all things fashion.


Kering sees sustainability as a necessity, for sustainability and luxury are one and the same.

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