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Interview with Sass Brown on the future of fashion and role of academics and designers

Updated: Dec 2020

Stakeholders

  • Researchers or innovators
  • Textile and fashion designers
  • Textile education professionals
  • Textile industry sustainability professionals

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Sass Brown was the Founding Dean of the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation. As a researcher, writer and educator, her area of expertise is ethical fashion, from slow design and heritage craft skills to recycling, reuse and alternative business models. Brown's publications include the books Eco Fashion and ReFashioned.

In this interview, Luxiders explores Brown's early interest in ethical fashion, the opportunity to integrate sustainable design thinking into fashion curriculum in academia, and her books that examine global sustainable fashion trends set off by emerging designers with a conscience. She also lists non-degree options for fashion enthusiasts to learn more about sustainable and circular fashion.

Brown also voices out the lack of transparency in environmental impact costs brought about by fast fashion brands, a fashion educator's responsibility in empowering generations to make informed choices and how young designers must connect to surrounding cultures for a dose of sustainable fashion inspiration.

Read more: Interview with Sass Brown on the future of fashion and role of academics and designers

Topics

Inclusive design education in fashion schools

Enabling transparency and trust in multinational fashion retailers

Educational programs reviewing sustainable fashion themes

Raising awareness on conscious consumerism vs. fast fashion

Finding inspiration for sustainable design in local cultures

Geography

| United Kingdom

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