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Ethical and Sustainable Practice in Fashion

Ethical and Sustainable Practice in Fashion

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Maria Nishio


You will explore the possibilities of sustainable and ethical practices in fashion through the way we design, produce and consume clothes. We will discuss what impact we have through our choices and look at values and quality in contemporary fashion items. Plus, we will look at a wide range of current approaches by young contemporary designers.

We will visit fashion stores with sustainable and ethical approaches in London and do some research through the archives of Central Saint Martins' library. We will search for a personal answer to the question: In this socially and environmentally challenging times for fashion, what would be my individual approach to contributing to more sustainable practices?

Towards the end of the course, we aim to have explored some positive responses to ethical issues in fashion.

Who should take this course?

This course is for anyone who is interested in fashion styling or fashion design with good understanding of contemporary fashion and with an interest in ethical practice within the industry. 

Entry requirements: None

Level: Beginners

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Maria Nishio is a Senior Lecturer on BA Fashion and BA Fashion Communication at Central Saint Martins. She has graduated from Central Saint Martins BA Fashion in 2005 and has since worked for various international magazines such as Vogue Nippon and Wonderland Magazine. She is actively involved in international fashion events such International Fashion Showcase during London Fashion Week, acting as a curation consultant.


Please bring with you to the first session:
  • Sketchbook
  • Pencils
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • London zone 1-2 travel card for day 2 and 3
  • A favourite item of clothing.

Available dates

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