The Mistra Future Fashion program is a cross-disciplinary research program that holds uniquely a system perspective on the fashion industry. Its vision is to close the loop in fashion and clothing – enabling a systemic change in the Swedish fashion industry, leading to a sustainable development of the industry and society.
The program aims to deliver insights and solutions that will be used by the Swedish fashion industry and by other stakeholders to significantly improve the environmental performance and strengthen the global competitiveness.
To ensure a dynamic and robust relationship between the research community and practitioners working in or with the Swedish Fashion industry, the program consists of a consortium of relevant parties. Key focus is to ensure that Sweden leads within sustainability research and practice related to the fashion industry. The consortium consists of over 40 research and industry partners and holds a total budget of SEK 110 millions.
The program started in 2011 and was prolonged with a second phase from 2015 until 2019. The main findings of the first phase, pointing out the direction of the second phase, was gathered in a Future Fashion Manifesto in September 2015.
Mistra Future Fashion is funded by Mistra, The Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, and coordinated by RISE Research Institutes of Sweden.
Program Director and Communications Manager
+46 10-516 54 68
Dr. Åsa Östlund
Deputy Program Director
+46 10 516 62 11
Ass. Professor Susanne Sweet
+46 8-736 95 42
Dr. Mats Westin
+46 10-516 5140
+46 10-516 55 65
Dr. Kate Goldsworthy
Theme Leader 1 – Design
University of the Arts London
Theme Leader 2 – Supply
031-706 61 17
Ass. Professor Claudia Rademaker
Theme Leader 3 – Users
Stockholm Business School, Stockholm University
Dr. Hanna de la Motte
Theme Leader 4 – Recycling
Margaret Simonson McNamee
Swedish Fashion Council
Linnaeus University & Goldsmiths, University of London
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To ensure relevant research insights and solutions that benefit the fashion industry, the program involves broad range of representatives from business, government, NGOs. The research is conducted by 12 research partners and done in cooperation with industry partners, all consolidated into a big consortium.
In order to act in line with the vision – to enable a systemic change – all new knowledge is public and available to all within fashion industry. Therefore the scope of consortium partners are wide and holds today around 30 industry partners, both Swedish and International. Partners have possibility to provide input and advise on areas that are relevant and to learn first new results and knowledge.
The level of engagement differ based on partner involvement preferences; there are three partner levels:
Research Partner (engaged in direct research tasks with materials, tools or advice)
Stakeholder Partner (engaged in specific tasks, supporting with an active role)
Advisory Partner (engaged in meetings, providing advisory input)
The program is open to join by more industry partners! Please contact Sigrid Barnekow for more information.