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Fashion Values: Nature

Understand biodiversity in the context of fashion and create a plan for fashion that protects Earth’s ecosystems.

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Fashion Values: Nature

Discover fashion practices that can protect, restore, and regenerate ecosystems

Nature is the life force that provides us with the air, water, soil, and minerals that sustain life on earth. These elements come together in the clothes we wear.

This course will help you build the knowledge, skills, and connections to reimagine fashion’s practices and develop a plan to put nature first.

You’ll join a community of fashion and sustainability thinkers and doers that have the vision, skills, and commitment to radically transform how we live and work through fashion.

Explore the impact of fashion on biodiversity and earth’s systems

With more than one million species of plants and animals at risk of extinction, our ecosystems are under stress.

Fashion plays a direct role in this, and on this course you’ll identify how dominant damaging systems of fashion production and consumption can be transformed to protect natural life on our planet.

Use design thinking to radically rethink fashion products, services, and systems

Very few fashion companies have biodiversity strategies, but you’ll examine the tools and frameworks used by companies who are developing a nature-centred way of working.

You’ll also be set a design thinking challenge, asking you to develop a fashion product, service or system which supports the restoration and regeneration of nature.

Respond to sustainability challenges with London College of Fashion

This course is led by fashion and sustainability experts from Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) at London College of Fashion (LCF). LCF has taught over 70,000 learners from 191 countries on their FutureLearn fashion & sustainability courses to date.

You’ll benefit from the teaching of experienced fashion practitioners, world-leading researchers, as well as insights from fellow fashion and sustainability makers and doers from around the world.

Skip to 0 minutes and 3 seconds Welcome to Fashion Values A new portfolio of courses brought to you by Centre for Sustainable Fashion. There’s never been a more important role for fashion than in our current times. It can be both joyful as an expression of who we are a contributor to livelihoods, cultures, societies and economies. It is also a destroyer of dignity lives cultures and the only true economy, nature’s wealth. Fashion is many different activities and businesses large and small doing different things so everyone who engages with this is an active part of the fashion system.

Skip to 0 minutes and 39 seconds Anyone who engages can make changes to that system and the more that we recognize and elevate our values in action both professionally and personally and the more that we call out destructive practices the closer that we can get to a world that we can really all thrive in. Time is short. The evidence is starkly apparent the climate emergency is recognized by governments and organizations around the world. Social injustice is also starkly apparent. Racism, gender and other social inequalities must be stopped. We need to develop skills and capabilities for deep change. This is what these courses seek to develop with you

Skip to 1 minute and 26 seconds They start with a provocation, a new lens through which you can re-imagine what a thriving system might look like. We are seeking to give you a thirst for knowledge about fashion in the context of our times. Not to give you answers to every question that you have. We are very keen to share with you what we know what we’ve learned but there’s no crystal ball for any of us to look into. It’s our ambition to give you a sense both of what is but also a sense of what isn’t yet, but could be.

What topics will you cover?

  • Fashion and Nature
  • Fashion, Biosphere and Biodiversity
  • Fashion’s Response
  • What will we do for Nature?

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.

  • Available now

What will you achieve?

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

  • Reflect on fashion’s relationship with nature and how this relates to fashion sustainability.
  • Understand nature's systems that support life (biosphere) and explore fashion practices that could operate within the limits of nature's systems. Learners understand biodiversity in the context of fashion.
  • Critically examine fashion practices that can protect, restore and regenerate nature's systems, and transform fashion's relationship with nature.
  • Develop and evaluate a fashion practice that can regenerate nature.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed to empower anyone with the tools to address the challenges facing fashion sustainability today.

This may include advanced undergraduate and postgraduate  students, sustainability professionals, as well as fashion and business professionals, designers, strategists, and communicators.

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.

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