Centre for Sustainable Fashion

Model in moss green jacket.
Tara Baoth Mooney, MA Fashion and the Environment, 2011; photography Sean Michael.

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


The work of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion 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-discipline collaborations and ecology-centred thinkers, made up of world leading researchers, designers, educators and communicators enabling us to:

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

Reflecting society and communities, their culture and diversity, fashion is both personal and ubiquitous.

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 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