Integrating Sustainable Development Within Teaching Fashion Education

  • Amanda LangdownEmail author
  • Valeria Ruiz Vargas
Part of the World Sustainability Series book series (WSUSE)


It is strongly assumed that the commodification of services and, increasingly, experience itself is killing off positive incentives towards the pursuit of the common good. For instance, Fashion design is guilty of some of the most wasteful practices, both in terms of the speed at which it demands change and the resources that it consumes. This paper examines practices that could influence and drive fashion curricula and programmes of study towards an entirely more sustainable future. Integrating sustainable development into common practice and integrating them within teaching fashion education, in order to motivate individuals and organisations to follow a more thoughtful and critical approach to design. There are designers and academics who already advocate a more sustainable paradigm of fashion education. Therefore, it is imperative that strategies are implemented internationally to encourage designers, new and old, to adopt adaptive rather than transgressive forms of creativity. The research identifies meaningful teaching, learning and engagement methods that support slowing down the metabolism of fashion and the exploration of alternative approaches. This is with a view to create practices that appreciate and integrate both the novel and the sustainable aspects of fashion, ensuring that they become commonplace in education as an essential consideration in design for the common good.


Fashion Appreciative inquiry Maker culture Slow fashion Education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Design (Fashion), Manchester School of ArtManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK
  2. 2.Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Environment TeamManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK

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