Centre for Sustainable Fashion

Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) explores the field of Design for Sustainability and its application to fashion as both artistic and business practice.

Aims

Centre for Sustainable Fashion contributes to the field of Design for Sustainability in three key intersecting areas: research, education and knowledge exchange with industry. CSF’s work explores vital elements of Better Lives, London College of Fashion’s commitment to use the discipline of fashion to drive change, build a sustainable future and improve the way we live.

Established in 2008 the Centre has developed into a community of cross-disciplinary collaborations and ecology-centred thinking. It is made up of world leading researchers, designers, educators and communicators.

CSF aims to:

  • create internationally acclaimed research,
  • set agendas in government, business and public arenas,
  • pioneer world relevant curriculum.

CSF was conceived to question and challenge reactionary fashion cultures, which reflect and re-enforce patterns of excessive consumption and disconnection, to expand fashion’s ability to connect, delight and identify individual and collective values.

CSF is 10 years old

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion, a UAL centre, which has grown to be a diverse community of world leading researchers, designers, educators and communicators.

Over the course of this year there will be a host of celebratory events and activities taking place to showcase the work of CSF. These will highlight the positive steps made towards a more sustainable future as well as focusing on what we need to continue to strive for in the decade to come. Highlights include the forthcoming exhibition Fashioned from Nature at the V&A, the 5th Kering Talk and the What’s Going On? Conference hosted at LCF October 2018.

Under the leadership of founder and Director Professor Dilys Williams, CSF has gained a reputation as the UK’s leading authority in fashion and sustainability and has worked with some of the world’s leading organisations including, the UN, Kering, Unilever, Nike, Alexander McQueen, Selfridges and H&M.

Working with and holding the tension between research, industry, and education CSF is a powerful voice for change – championing innovation and empowering the next generation to take the radical steps necessary to secure the future of one of the world’s most creative and inspiring industries.

Awards

CSF members have succeeded in a number of international prize competitions

  • 2014 – Dilys Williams & Alex McIntosh, Creative Hub from European Regional Development Fund - £100,000
  • 2013 – Prof. Sandy Black, F.I.R.E from AHRC - £249,500
  • 2012 – Dr. Kate Fletcher, Local Wisdom from Leverhulme Trust
  • 2012 – Dilys Williams, Fashioning the Summer School from ERASMUS Intensive Program - €60,000
  • 2011 – Prof. Helen Storey awarded SciArt Award Scheme Wellcome Trust and Primitive Streak Extension by the Wellcome Trust - £30,000
  • 2010/11 – Dilys Williams & Alex McIntosh, London Style from European Regional Development Fund - £300,000
  • 2009 – Dilys Williams, Shared Talent India from Creative Connexions - £94,000
  • 2007 – Prof. Sandy Black, Considerate design for fashion products from EPSRC/AHRC Designing for the 21st Century - £231,190