Slow fashion; sustainable textiles; long-life; short-life48 Masters students at University of the Arts London explored fast and slow textile concepts over two weeks period.

This autumn 48 textile design students at University of the Arts London and TED (Textiles Environmental Design) researchers explored fast and slow fashion textiles. The main focus was to begin investigating the effects of the speed of cycles on design and material/process decisions. The work is captured in a blog that maps the ideas of the group; uploading insights from the discussions and actions from the MA researchers’ perspective.

“There is obviously a very different material and design approach needed for a short-life textile, designed for efficient recovery of material resources, as compared to a long-life textile, which needs to be designed for extended use and durability. We will begin to differentiate between these approaches”, says Dr. Kate Goldsworthy, responsible for theme 1 “how to design for circular economy” in the Mistra Future Fashion program.

“There is today very little practice-based research in this area within the textile field, but we think that this is where a breakthrough contribution to ‘systemic change in the fashion and textile industry’ could be found. The work conducted together with these brilliant students takes us one step further in our journey of exploring materials, concepts and processes needed when designing for circular economy.”

To learn more, visit the blog Fastslowtextiles or contact Kate Goldsworthy.