On Wednesday 10 November 2021, all of UAL's colleges took part in the Carnival of Crisis, led and initiated by UAL's Climate Emergency Network in a show of solidarity and unity for climate justice. Staff, students and industry guests joined in the parade, which led from various locations across London, all joining to meet at Chelsea College of Arts Parade Ground. To celebrate the cause, LCF Technicians came together to create banners which were then held along the mile journey from John Princes Street campus to Institute of Contemporary Arts.
Guests joined at the second stop, including Professor Helen Storey, an artist and researcher at Centre for Sustainable Fashion, UAL with the infamous Dress for Our Time. The dress is created from a decommissioned United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) refugee tent that once housed a displaced Syrian family in Za'atari Camp in Jordan.
Over 300 students and staff took part in UAL’s Parade for Climate Justice on 10 November responding creatively to the question ‘What will you bring?’ – bringing flags, banners, fashion and art installations. In particular, LCF BSc Fashion Management and MSc Strategic Fashion Management students and Lecturer, Ronit Zilkha also joined the parade. Students came with banners that they had prepared, all paying homage to the climate crisis and how this impacts both their personal and professional futures.
"I think it's really important for us all to come together to raise awareness of the issues that we're experiencing. Together, we're stronger and more powerful to get the message across. The banners are part of one of our projects where we've been given the earth as our client. We think that fashion is really powerful and through clothing, it can carry messages. One message we want to address is how bad flooding is in London. We want to raise the awareness of this through clothing - the dress on the poster represents the flooding issue and all the waste that has been put in our rivers." - MA Fashion Design Management student, Alice Ferris.
Finally, we were joined by our fellow UAL friends and colleagues at Chelsea College of Arts Parade Ground, where there were a host of guest speakers and performances, including a display from LCF Professor, Lucy Orta - 'Nexus Architecture', a 50-person body sculpture which was customised by students from The Glasgow School of Art as well as Chelsea College of Arts BA Textile Design students. Chelsea Parade ground was transformed, awash with creativity and colour.