Fashion and Sustainability: Understanding Luxury Fashion in a Changing World

88,035 enrolled on this course

Discover the issues, agendas, and contexts surrounding fashion and sustainability, and develop strategies to improve the industry.

Fashion and Sustainability- Understanding Luxury Fashion in a Changing World


6 weeks

Weekly study

3 hours



Explore the innovative approaches making fashion more sustainable

Fashion is a global industry worth $2.4 trillion, employing around 50 million people, and is said to be one of the world’s most polluting industries.

On this six-week course from the London College of Fashion and supported by luxury fashion group Kering, you’ll delve into sustainable fashion design, research, and business practice.

Once you’ve successfully completed this course, you’ll be able to better approach sustainability in your own work and become an innovative changemaker for the fashion industry.

Discover the social and environmental considerations in fashion supply chains

The fashion and textile industry needs to reduce its damaging environmental and social impacts across the supply chain.

This course will guide you through the concept of sustainable material sourcing, and look at the choices that can be made early in the design process to improve sustainability.

Delve into social sustainability and ethics within the fashion industry

There is a critical need for businesses to understand the environmental and social impacts of the design decisions they make.

You’ll explore the concepts of Planetary Boundaries and Human Equality in the context of the fashion industry and how social sustainability and ethics are currently treated in luxury fashion businesses.

Develop your skills through fashion design tasks

You’ll start by creating a draft manifesto to communicate what is important to you and how you want to approach sustainability in your work. This will guide your decisions throughout the tasks in this course, and beyond. From there, you’ll embark on a practical design challenge based on one of four sustainability agendas. This will allow you to pull together your tools, techniques, and creativity to approach fashion design from a new, sustainable perspective.

Fashion and Sustainability: Understanding Luxury Fashion in a Changing World

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88,035 enrolled on this course

6 weeks

3 hours per week

Digital certificate when eligible

Intermediate level

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone working in fashion and fashion education. It may also be useful for anyone interested in sustainability in the fashion industry.

Who will you learn with?

Dilys Williams

Professor Dilys Williams FRSA is Director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion, a University of the Arts Research Centre based at London College of Fashion.

Nina Stevenson

Head of Education (Sustainability) at Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion

Who developed the course?

London College of Fashion

London College of Fashion (LCF) is one of the foremost centers of fashion education in the world. For over a century we have been nurturing creative talent and using the subject of fashion, together with its industrial importance, to shape lives and drive economic and social transformation.

Through teaching, specialist research and collaboration LCF advocates for climate, environmental, social and racial justice, and for sustainability and prosperity for all. We believe it is essential that the teaching and learning of fashion acknowledges our complicity as humans in ecological collapse and social inequity. We believe it is the role of education to offer a safe space for all to explore a plurality of fashion design, business, and media practices with the shared goal of restoring and regenerating our social, economic, cultural and ecological systems.

Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) is a UAL research, education and knowledge exchange centre based at LCF. Established in 2008 by Professor Dilys Williams, CSF has grown to be a diverse community of world leading researchers, designers, educators and communicators with an extensive network that crosses disciplines, generations, cultures and locations.

We provoke, challenge, and question the status quo in fashion; contributing to a system that recognises its ecological context and honours equity. We shape and contribute to Fashion Design for Sustainability as a field of study, industry, and education practices. We engage in transformation design, cross-referencing fashion’s ecological, social, economic, and cultural agendas.

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