Dilys Williams: “A new fashion system is emerging”
Since a large part of the fashion industry is still caught in a non-circular way of doing things—why not put our faith in the new generation of designers?
Dilys Williams, Professor of Fashion Design for Sustainability at London College of Fashion, sees a new fashion system on the rise.
“Designers are developing new kinds of skills and knowledge. Take Kering’s Environmental Proﬁt & Loss account (EP&L) for example—an incredible tool that our students use to measure the costs and benefits of decisions to the environment. The mindset of a whole new generation of designers, and some leading companies, is to stand up and speak out. They are stepping up in ways that others are not, they are tuning inwards when everything around them is noise and pollution and what gives them focus is a re-evaluating identity and the meaning of creating fashion outside of a system which is broken.
Whilst digital technology allows us to make more and more connections, it can also lessen our ability to truly connect—to have a sense of kinship. Contact is not the same thing as intimacy, and as humans, we need a sense of shared as well as individual identity. Technology may have given us the ability to track the individual algorithms, which anticipate what we might need and want, but can disconnect us from contact and real engagement—and so the gulf between thought and action is widening. What makes me hopeful is that the University can offer students the space to consider, to look at things from different angles and to engage in critical enquiry.”
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