Global Britain, Local Stories: APPG Textiles and Fashion event at the V&A

Our unique event, ’Global Britain, Local Stories’ successfully fused narratives from politicians, designers, curators, and educators in order to deliver a deeply informative and interesting depiction of culture and sustainability within fashion. The event stimulated compelling stories about the importance of locality and identity within contemporary designer’s work, encouraging the audience to consider the multitude of cultures and identities which exist simultaneously within our local communities, which can be utilised to unite communities

Press Release: The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Textiles and Fashion launches Call for Evidence for their policy paper on Representation and Inclusion in the Fashion Industry

“Fashion like politics and indeed the FTSE 250 needs to recognise that inclusion and representation have to be core to systemic change. If businesses and politics are to represent those they serve then we have to see a radical transformation to create a sector which is inclusive and representative of all of us. From the power of the purple pound, to the estimated 60% growth of the modest fashion market to 2021, for businesses to connect with our consumers those in charge need to recognise the need for change in order to be effective and valued in these growing and important markets.” 

June Political Intelligence

June was a success for fashion in the House of Commons; Dr Lisa Cameron, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Textiles and Fashion (for which Fashion Roundtable provide the secretariat) mentioned the industry on two separate occasions. Mary Creagh MP, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, which questioned retailers and government officials for the Committee’s sustainability of the fashion industry inquiry, brought up the disappointing (but again, expected) news that government rejected all of the recommendations made in the final report.

Tech and Innovation in the Fashion Industry: UK Industrial Strategy

For London Tech Week, Black Neon Digital and Fashion Roundtable hosted a panel event on Human Connectivity, Ethics and Fashion, discussing the importance of empathy and authentic connection and communication whilst interactions transition from the physical to the digital space. The shift from IRL to URL is happening across all aspects of life; it has become increasingly difficult to go through a day without using technology. Responding to the challenges and opportunities created by the fourth industrial revolution, the government launched the UK Industrial Strategy in 2018. (Image via Black Neon Digital.)

UK Government Fails to Adopt Recommendations of EAC’s Fixing Fashion Report

“The business model behind fast fashion is broken, damaging the environment and exploiting those who make our clothes. Our report set out practical steps that the Government should take to help fix the fashion industry. I’m astounded that the Government has refused to adopt any of our 18 recommendations. It shows they are out of step with the public, who want clothes that are socially, ethically and environmentally sustainable, and an industry that is ready to change.” says Mary Creagh MP

May Political Intelligence

After a series of debates, meetings, headlines and speeches monitoring Theresa May’s progress in deciding the fate of Europe and the UK, the Prime Minister announced her resignation as Party Leader after three years in office on the 24th of May.

Does Love Island have a negative effect on viewers’ body image? By Melissa Chaplin

The television event of the summer begins tonight. At 9pm on ITV, millions of viewers will tune in to watch oiled, sleek singletons compete for one another’s affections. Ah, modern romance. Although tremendously popular, (last year’s season premier was watched by almost 3 million people), the show has attracted criticism on a variety of fronts. One issue in particular that has been highlighted is that of the unrealistic beauty standards portrayed in the show.

Democratising Fashion Sustainability Workshop: an overview by Amy Nguyen, Sustainable & Social

On Saturday 25th May, Fashion Roundtable hosted Democratising Fashion Sustainability, a morning at Mortimer House. The event looked to join the dots between what we wear and how we can be truly ethical. It intended to deconstruct why fashion is a global conversation, the threads of colonialism and workshop solutions and commitments to be more empowered in democratising our choices as consumers. Attendees enjoyed an intimate Q&A session with Clare followed by a series of workshops.