The Centre for Fashion Science (CFS) based at the London College of Fashion aims to break new ground in fashion-related research, to create new concepts, products and processes which harness innovations in science and technology to reconcile the paradoxical – fashion and sustainability – for clothing, accessories and better lives. The Centre brings together key staff members at the London College of Fashion who work in related disciplines to collaborate on projects and promote the work of the centre. Profiles on all members can be found at www.centreforfashionscience.org.
The directors of the Centre for Fashion Science are Professor Helen Storey MBE – Professor of Fashion and Science (internal link here to the wonderland project) and Professor Sandy Black, who is professor of fashion and textile design and technology.
Sandy Black is the author of Eco Chic: The Fashion Paradox that was published by Black Dog Publishing in 2008 and reprinted in 2010. Eco Chic was one of the first books to examine the practices of fashion in the context of sustainability. In 2009 Sandy founded the journal: Fashion Practice: design, creative process and the fashion industry, which she now co-edits and is published by Berg. Sandy Black’s research interests relate to and focus on:
- Inter-disciplinary design in social and cultural context of sustainability
- Intersection of arts, science, design, craft and technology
- Sustainable and Considerate Design in fashion and textiles
- Innovation in fashion and knitwear, particularly 3D and seamless construction
- Design and realisation incorporating mathematical principles
Considerate Design for Personalised Fashion
“The considerate design project challenges traditional design processes to develop personalised fashion products” (www.consideratedesign.com)
The three main research areas within Considerate Design are: Evolving Textiles, Knit to Fit, Bespoke Bags. In 2009, the Considerate Design Project exhibited at Made In Future in Milan, organised by the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in collaboration with the Materials KTN.
In 2010 the Considerate Design, Knit to Fit project was exhibited at the Science Museum as part of their exhibition Trash Fashion: designing out waste. The Considerate Design for Personalised Fashion products were also exhibited in 2010 at the House of Lords for the Materials KTN showcase of Smart Wearables & Accessories.
For more information regarding the considerate design project and for information on all current projects please visit www.centreforfashionscience.org.