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The Web of Sustainable Fashion: Relationships in the Fashion Industry

Investigate sustainable business practices and relationships within the fashion industry to create a more balanced fashion system.

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  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours
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Explore how the fashion system can utilise sustainable practices

Addressing the three pillars in the fashion system – economic, social, and environmental – is crucial if we want to achieve sustainability.

On this three-week course, you’ll explore these pillars and learn how we can create a balance between them to work towards sustainable goals.

Learn to define your role within the fashion industry

As an individual wearer of fashion, you’ll explore your role and responsibilities within the fashion industry and analyse the tensions within this relationship.

With this understanding, you’ll determine how you can create a more responsible relationship between you and the fashion industry.

This knowledge will also help you explore the industry on a broader scale and how we can build dynamic relationships in sustainable fashion.

Explore concepts such as circular fashion

You’ll finish the course by thinking about different kinds of models, and how that affects relationships within the fashion system. From active to passive, linear to circular, these models all play an important role in redesigning a sustainable fashion system, and you’ll explore exactly how this can be done.

By the end of the course, you’ll have the confidence to define your role in the fashion industry and understand how relationships affect the outcomes of sustainability goals.

Guided by the experts at Parsons School of Design, you’ll gain insider knowledge of fashion systems to help you feel empowered to tackle the challenges the industry faces today.


  • Week 1

    Forging New Connections within the Fashion Ecosystems

    • Introduction

      Welcome to Week 1

    • Sustainability Models

      Sustainability Models

    • Inputs to the Fashion System

      Inputs to the Fashion System

    • Wrap Up

      Week 1 Wrap Up

  • Week 2

    Relationship Between the Wearer and the Fashion Industry

    • Welcome to Week 2

      Welcome to Week 2

    • Defining the Relationship

      Defining the relationship between wearers and the fashion industry

    • Impacts of your relationship with the fashion industry

      Impacts of your relationship with the fashion industry

    • Future Relationship Scenarios

      Future Relationship Scenarios

    • Wrap Up

      Wrap Up

  • Week 3

    Building Dynamic Relationships

    • Welcome to Week 3

      Welcome to Week 3

    • Fashion Ecologies in Terms of Relationships

      Fashion Ecologies in Terms of Relationships

    • Active to Passive Relationships

      Active to Passive Relationships

    • Moving toward circular relationships

      Moving toward circular relationships

    • Course Conclusion

      Course Conclusion

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Learning on this course

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...

  • Explore the context and connections of the various fashion ecosystems.
  • Evaluate the relationship between the fashion wearer and the fashion industry.
  • Classify the different types of relationships within the fashion system and their relevance to sustainability.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in sustainable fashion.

You may be a student or pursuing a career in fashion or sustainability.

Who will you learn with?

I am a sustainable systems educator, researcher, and designer. I work on developing new mindsets, models, and systems for alternative ecologies of fashion practice for social and environmental justice

Who developed the course?

Parsons School of Design

For more than a century, Parsons School of Design has been inspired by the transformative potential of design. Today, the school’s groundbreaking academic programs carry forward that mission, making Parsons the number one design school in the U.S. and among the top three globally. At the heart of a comprehensive university — The New School — Parsons draws on a range of academic fields to deliver a uniquely interdisciplinary education enriched by the resources of its home in New York City

About this ExpertTrack

Address the human, environmental, and economic issues of the fashion industry and discover best practices for sustainable change.

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