Centre for Sustainable Fashion

Fiona Fung
Fiona Fung

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 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.

Style and sustainability will take centre stage over the coming academic year with celebratory events and activities taking place which will showcase the work of CSF and the positive steps made by industry towards a more sustainable future – and what we need to continue to strive for over the next decade.  Highlights include forthcoming exhibition Fashioned from Nature at the V&A, the 5th Kering Talk and the Global Fashion Conference in 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 have worked with some of the world’s leading organisation including, the UN, Kering Group, Unilever, Nike, Alexander McQueen, Selfridges and H&M.   

CSF embodies vital elements of London College of Fashion’s ethos of ‘Better Lives’ pioneered by Head of London College of Fashion and Pro Vice Chancellor Digital of University of the Arts London, Professor Frances Corner, which explores how fashion can drive change, build a sustainable future and improve the way we live. Holding the tension between industry, government 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.


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