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Circular Design for Fashion

7 February @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm


What to expect

This introductory-level CPD-certified  is ideal for small and medium sized fashion design businesses wishing to enhance their understanding of zero waste design and zero waste principles around pattern cutting, the sustainable use of materials, and the case for reuse and regenerative materials.

The Fashion and Textiles industry is a major contributor to global carbon emissions and the UK alone generates c.300,000 tonnes of textile waste per year.

A part of Design Museum Academy’s Design for Business series, the Circular Design for Fashion workshop will empower businesses who are seeking practical tools to reduce carbon emissions and waste as part of their design practice.

This course has been developed in partnership with British Fashion Council’s Institute of Positive Fashion and ourselves at Future Fashion Factory, blending expertise from academia and industry, matching evidence-based insight with hands-on practical workshops led by top designers and industrial experts.

Sessions will include in-person case studies from fashion designers Phoebe English and Kresse Wesling, who will showcase how they have used circular design concepts within their practice.

The final section of the day will cover some of the key aspects of the proposed new regulations per EU’s sustainable and circular textiles strategy, which will introduce new requirements on how fashion products are being designed and manufactured, marketed and disposed of.

Programme Outline

09:00 – Arrival reception and coffee

09:30 – Welcome and introductions

09:45 – The Design Museum: ‘What is Circular Design?’ featuring content from the exhibitions Waste Age: What can design do? and REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion

10:15 – University of Leeds: What does Circular Design mean for fashion?

11:15 – Break

11:30 – Case study: Elvis and Kresse

12:15 – Practical workshop – putting theory into practice

13:00 – Lunch

13:45 – Case Study: Phoebe English

14:30 – Institute of Positive Fashion: Changing Landscapes – a legislative focus

15:30 – Break

15:45 – Curated surgery

16:30 – End

• Lunch and light refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

• Your workshop ticket will give you same day access to the Design Museum exhibition REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion sponsored by Alexander McQueen.


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7 February
9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Design Museum, London
224-238 Kensington High St
London, W8 6AG
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Future Fashion Factory
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