UAL x LDF: Future Visions
Fashion Tech Alliance
Weaving Universities and companies to co-create fashion-tech future talents
FTAlliance is a three-year project aimed to facilitate the exchange and flow of knowledge within the Fashion-Tech sector to boost students’ employability and innovation potential.
Fashion-Tech is impacting the fashion industry on all levels: leading to new processes, tools, and professional roles with cross-disciplinary approaches. Therefore, there is an increasing urgency for companies and HEIs to work together, to find ways to integrate new technologies into fashion and design, to explore the future of job roles, education and recruitment.
The aim of the project is to increase the relevance, quality, and impact of fashion-tech innovations as well as the competitiveness of the European fashion system at a global level revamping the industry through innovative practices.
Partners: UAL, TU Delft, Estia (France), Boras (Sweden), Stentle, Studio Pauline van Dongen, Centexbel, Pespow, Decathlon, PVH, We Love You, Grado Zero, Decathlon.
A three-year collaborative project, which aims to support the fusion of cutting-edge technologies and innovation with the European fashion and design industries.
Partners: UAL, Polytecnic Milano, Boras, incubator INK, Euratex, IFM Paris, Media Deals Berlin, EBN Brussels.
Recording of event in July this year spotlighting UAL’s collective response to the European Commission’s New European Bauhaus (NEB).
In a context of uncertainties, turbulence and contestation, in late 2020 the European Commission reached for the concept of the Bauhaus to catalyse new thinking on Europe’s futures. Since then, the ‘New European Bauhaus’ initiative has resulted in bringing together exemplars of social innovation, design, architecture and community action, as well as criticism and debate. As part of this, in July UAL hosted an online event that brought together creative responses and challenges to the framing of the NEB and its Eurocentric assumptions in its key terms ‘beautiful’, ‘sustainable’ and ‘inclusive’.
Co-curated by UAL’s Social Design Institute, Decolonising Arts Institute and Creative Computing Institute with London College of Communication, this event showcased diverse, intersectional responses to these three terms. Reflecting on the ideas that emerged, curators Professor Lucy Kimbell (SDI) and Professor Ramia Maze (LCC) will map out perspectives and positions on how Europe’s futures can be re-imagined, and the potential for creative practices to envision, inspire, contest and create equitable futures.
FashionSEEDS, explores what a transformed education system in Fashion Design for Sustainability could look like.
Education is the leverage point for change in societies, and in a time of climate emergency, individual and systemic change in fashion is needed now more than ever.
FashionSEEDS (Fashion Societal, Economic & Environmental Design-led Sustainability) offers a set of tools and resources to help us consider what to teach, how to teach, who to learn with and how far we can change or transform our teaching through the discipline of Fashion Design for Sustainability. It has been developed over three years of research, reflection and co-design by a group of fashion tutors from across four universities in Europe, using a co-enquiry approach to look at the distinctions and connections between our geographies, cultures and organisations.