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Carnival of Crisis: A parade for Climate Justice

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Model wearing large dress made from refugee tent
Model wearing large dress made from refugee tent
UAL Carnival of Crisis 2021 © Ana Blumenkron
Written by
J Tilley
Published date
11 November 2021
"Fashion has good sides and bad sides, but one of the significant things it does have is power. Everybody is interested in what they decide to wear in the morning so it's a language that everyone understands. When you put it to good use for something like climate change or any other global issues that we are facing, then it can be a very powerful thing."

— Professor Helen Storey - Professor in Fashion Science

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.

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    , UAL Carnival of Crisis 2021 © Ana Blumenkron
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    , UAL Carnival of Crisis 2021 © Ana Blumenkron
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    , UAL Carnival of Crisis 2021 © Ana Blumenkron

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.

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    , UAL Carnival of Crisis 2021 © Ana Blumenkron
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    , UAL Carnival of Crisis 2021 © Ana Blumenkron
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    , UAL Carnival of Crisis 2021 © Ana Blumenkron
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"An understanding that, as individuals and societies, we are all embedded in the cyclical processes of nature. It’s up to us to not only to imagine, but to create other stories of being human in a more than human world. It's about practising cultures of inter-being with passionate connection." -

— Dilys Williams, Professor of Fashion Design for Sustainability, London College of Fashion
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    , UAL Carnival of Crisis 2021 © Ana Blumenkron
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    , UAL Carnival of Crisis 2021 © Ana Blumenkron
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    , UAL Carnival of Crisis 2021 © Ana Blumenkron

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.

Group of people posing in vibrant outfits
UAL Carnival of Crisis 2021 © Ana Blumenkron