INSIDE THE APPAREL INDUSTRY THE PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION OF FASHION PRODUCTS INVOLVE TOXIC WASTES AND HARMFUL ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS IN ALL STAGES, MAKING THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUSTAINABLE FASHION NOT ONLY AN OPPORTUNITY BUT ALSO A NECESSITY.
Fast fashion have destroyed slowly the environment, exploited low wage workers, mainly in developing countries, and created a wasteful consumer behavior. But leaders and customers are responding, and sustainable fashion is on the rise. With the new increase in demand for sustainable fashion, both high fashion and street brands are valuing designers and market strategists with more expertise in sustainability. For students interested in going into fashion, these five fashion schools offering degrees, certificates or courses on sustainable fashion, get an introduction to key sustainability issues in the fashion industry, with these short courses from the experts from different five fashion schools.
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design ( London, UK )
Ranked the best fashion school in the world for the last two years, Central Saint Martins boasts not only its expertise in fashion, but also its innovation in sustainable fashion. To CSM, green fashion is very important because it is not only ethical, but also the future of fashion. At CSM, the proud alma mater for top designers like Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen, students interested in sustainable fashion will have access to top industry leaders.
Program: M.A. in Material Futures is a multi-disciplinary study that focuses on developing smart, eco-friendly textile technologies to respond to the emerging environmental awareness in the industry. Students will work on at least one paying client project.
Courses: Ethical and Sustainable Practice in Fashion; Sustainable Fashion; Introduction to Sustainable Fashion for Professionals.
Online course: Promoting Sustainability in Fashion.
Special project: Textile Futures Research Community, a research group that studies ways to make textiles and materials more sustainable through technological and innovative means.
POLIMODA ( Florence, Italy )
Educating aspiring fashion professionals since 1986, Polimoda has developed a unique curriculum which balances the need for rigorous design education with an understanding of the forces transforming the fashion industry. Students who attend the school are taught an appreciation of the classical principles of design that first made renaissance Florence famous, as well as educational experiences focused on the practical application of innovative technologies and strategies in sustainable fashion.
Program: Summer Edition Course in Sustainable Fashion, aims at creating the state-of-the-art Spokesperson for the sustainable & ethical fashion system of the forthcoming future while offering the unique opportunity to culturally and professionally connect with the latest trends.
Courses: contemporary fashion, fashion marketing and corporate strategies with focus on Corporate Social Responsibility, Cause-Related Marketing and brand reputation, the business behind materials and their impact on the environment, technological innovation within the fashion industry, traceability in the supply chain, fashion law, the international standards, and environmental management. Special Project: The course also includes: a visit to the Gucci Garden or Ferragamo Museum; an international guest lecture by a fashion industry expert; a personal project; and an individual interview with a senior teacher from the course to assess your potential and further opportunities to continue in this field of study.
Parsons The New School for Design ( New York, NY )
As one of the world’s top fashion schools, Parsons has long been heavily invested in sustainability through its education and campus life. Not only is its course on Sustainable Systems mandatory for all incoming freshmen, the campus buildings are environmentally friendly. For example, Parsons’ buildings conserve energy and water and manage waste. Plus, the facility staff are trained in energy efficiency. Parsons School of Design enables students to develop the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in a rapidly changing society.
Programs: Option to specialize in sustainability is open to all majors.
Courses: Sustainable Systems; Zero Waste Design; Sustainable Fashion; Ethical Fashion; EcoFashion: Sustainable Solutions; Sustainable Business Models.
Online courses: Medium of Fashion: Textiles; Fashion Entrepreneurship; Design and Innovative Sustainable Business.
Special projects: Partnership with Loomstate to create jeans that are as close to zero waste as possible but still look good.
MARANGONI ( Milan, Italy )
Over the past 80 years Istituto Marangoni has grown and developed alongside the thriving Italian fashion and design industry. Through an exciting curriculum aimed to develop practical, creative, and business and management skills which are subject specific, and relevant to the international fashion industry, Istituto Marangoni short executive courses provide an opportunity to broaden horizons and update expertise in all areas of the business.
Executive Short Course: Fashion Production & Sustainability for Professionals
The fashion manager must be capable of interpreting how the market is evolving and optimising the competitive advantages of the product. Today, sustainability is an essential quality that must be present in order to appear credible in the international scene and the world of fashion is paying close attention to the themes related to sustainable development, from the improvement of the production process to its communication. The participants will be able to adopt sustainability as an essential quality for building a reputation as a credible player in the international fashion system; develop a strategic approach to the concept of sustainability improving product and production; organize the strategic communication tools that can be used to foster an increase in the corporate brand value.
University of Westminster ( Marylebone, Central London, UK )
The application process for fashion courses at the University of Westminster is extremely competitive, with an acceptance rate of six percent for BA Fashion Design (and an acceptance rate of 14 percent across all fashion programmes). Fashion business, marketing and sustainability content on their courses are aimed at built environment professionals and others with a relevant background who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of planning and sustainable development, whether to improve career prospects in their country or enter international practice. The course addresses the growing problems of sustainable development facing fashion industry and communities in a rapidly urbanising world. It explores contemporary theories, public policy thinking and good practice in planning that spans both developed and developing world contexts, and offers you the opportunity to explore one area of specialism in a related field in some depth.
Program: M.A. in International Planning and Sustainable Development
Courses: Dissertation or major project, International planning practice, Fashion Planning in a globalising world, Research methods and the built environment, Skills for planning practice, Sustainable management