SI-The Fashion Of Convention

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As the climate crisis continues to globally develop, this exhibition reflects on how sustainable fashion practices throughout history have contributed to cultural heritage.

With the context of the recent COP27 meeting and global climate change being a uniting topic across most forms of media, our need to understand and adapt to sustainability is becoming more apparent than ever. Fashion, in recent years, has often been a talking point for sustainable living – particularly with the mass production of ‘fast fashion’ by major fashion labels.

It makes us wonder – how did we previously create fashion? Did we always have trends we were enamoured with? Our excess of synthetic fabrics is a new development. In fact, much of the way that we engaged with fashion throughout history was accidentally sustainable – and cultural heritage and representation have played a major part in this. The Fashion of Convention is an investigation as to why.

Heritage as sustainability

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