The Royal Institution: Sustainable Fashion

18 March 7:00 pm

Wednesday 18 March

7.00 pm


What is the impact of fast fashion on our climate and how can we reduce that impact?

Join our panel of experts as they explore our desire for new clothes and the new techniques being developed to make fashion more sustainable.

This event will end at 8.15pm and be followed by a clothes swap. Bring a piece of clothing with you that you’re not keen on and you can swap it with someone else’s on the night.


About the speakers

Shahidha Bari is a writer, academic and broadcaster. She is Professor of Fashion Cultures and Histories at  London College of Fashion (University of the Arts London).She was educated at the universities of Cambridge, Cornell and London. She is a Fellow of the Forum for Philosophy at the London School of Economics. You can hear her regularly on radio and TV as one of the presenters of BBC Radio 3’s Arts and Ideas programme, Free Thinking, and an occasional presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Front Row.

Natsai Audrey Chieza is Founder and Director of Faber Futures, an award-winning multidisciplinary design agency operating at the intersection of nature, technology, and society. The London-based studio empowers industry and institutions with innovative design solutions and R&D for an impactful transition towards sustainable futures. An international speaker on emergent futures, Natsai is named on OkayAfrica’s ‘100 Women 2018’ for her work in STEM, ICON Magazine’s 2019 ‘ICON Design 100’ list and It’s Nice That’s ‘Ones to Watch 2019’.

Tim Cooper is Professor of Sustainable Design and Consumption at Nottingham Trent University and Academic Lead for its Sustainable Futures strategic research theme. A graduate of Bath University, Tim was an industry economist prior to posts at the New Economics Foundation and Sheffield Hallam University. His research interests are multidisciplinary, embracing design, consumer behaviour, business models and public policy, all in the context of environmental sustainability. He specialises in research relating to product lifetimes. Contributing Editor of ‘Longer Lasting Products, his recent work has focussed on the clothing and electronic goods industries. Since 2011 he has led four projects on clothing for WRAP, served as consumer behaviour advisor for its ‘Valuing Our Clothes report and developing its Clothing Industry Protocol. Most recently he led a research project for Defra entitled ‘Strategies to improve design and testing for clothing longevity’ and the creation of an industry toolkit, the ‘Clothing Durability Dozen’


Tickets £35 (£20 senior citizens / £7.50 students, under-18s and Entry Pass members)

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