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Breaking down the fashion sustainability code

Michelle Simmons,
Written by
Yusuf Tamanna
Published date
02 December 2020

For Michelle Simmons, there were two main reasons why she decided to take the Promoting Sustainability in Fashion Online Short Course at Central Saint Martins. The first being it was a logical move to make as she planned to continue her academic study and apply for a master's degree within the realm of fashion. But the other reason Michelle wanted to do this short course stemmed from something a little more personal.

“I was inspired to take the course because of my heritage and my background in fashion. As an indigenous woman it was very important for me to create not only with passion but with purpose and sustainability in mind as well. Having this perspective has allowed me to not only address issues at a global level, but within my community as well.”

As a recent graduate from The Savannah College of Art and Design with a background in fashion and clear passion for sustainability, Michelle says one of the highlights of doing the short course was being able to interact with so many different people from all over the world who shared the same goal that she did.

“Taking the course online allowed me to connect with people from around the world with the same interests as me with hopes of changing the narrative in the fashion industry.”

— Michelle Simmons

“Taking the course online allowed me to connect with people from around the world with the same interests as me with hopes of changing the narrative in the fashion industry,” Michelle explains.

“We learned the importance of breaking down supply chains, work conditions and ultimately learning how to limit the middle man and make products more accessible for the consumer - while lowering the carbon footprint.” 

Thanks in major part to being inspired by the like-minded students she interacted with on the short course, Michelle tells me she now knows exactly what she wants to study for her postgraduate degree.

"I learned so much on this short course. Perhaps most importantly is that it helped me apply for the MA Fashion Futures program at UAL. This course focuses on sustainability and forward thinking and I believe that really goes hand in hand with promoting sustainability in fashion, but on a much wider scale.”


If you think a short course might be just what you need to help decide your next move into further academic study, our extensive list of online short courses are here to help you on your journey.

You don't just have to design clothes to work in the fashion industry - our How to start a career in fashion article is designed to highlight the various ways you can work in the industry.

Or perhaps you have a specific interest in how fashion can improve its sustainability – our Promoting Sustainability in Fashion Online Short Course and Sustainable Sourcing for Fashion Online Short Course are designed to give you an in-depth look at this growing trend.

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