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Fashion and Sustainability: Understanding Luxury Fashion in a Changing World

Get an introduction to issues, agendas and contexts relating to fashion and sustainability in a changing world.

79,718 enrolled on this course

Fashion and Sustainability: Understanding Luxury Fashion in a Changing World
  • Duration

    6 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

How can we make fashion more sustainable?

Fashion is a global industry worth $2.4 trillion, employing around 50 million people, and is said to be one of the world’s most polluting industries.

Fashion has the power to make positive change, re-imagining currently damaging systems.

Get an introduction to sustainable fashion design, research and business practice, with this course from London College of Fashion’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion, supported by luxury fashion group Kering.

On this course, you’ll explore key sustainability issues, agendas and contexts associated with luxury fashion.

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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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

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

Education Research Assistant, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, based at 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

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

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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