Culture, Clothing & Connections

Exploring environmental, cultural and creative sustainability in fashion and textiles

Considerations of 'sustainable fashion' often stops at material and technical approaches. In this panel conversation we explore the concept of sustainable fashion in a more holistic way – how 'sustainability' is not only linked to the environment, but the sustainability of culture, heritage and creative work. From merging traditional techniques with contemporary design, to innovative ways of keeping creative work viable in an insecure, COVID-normal world, our speakers explore the connections between culture, creativity and sustainability.

Host: Rimi Khan

Invited speakers: Vu Thao from Kilomet 109; Aleksandra Nedeljkovic, Chief Operating Officer, The Social Studio; and Léuli Eshrāghi.

Presented by RMIT's Contemporary Art and Social Transformation (CAST) research group and the Social Innovation Hub with RMIT Gallery, RMIT Vietnam and VICAS for the Vietnam Festival of Creativity and Design 2020, alongside the online exhibition 'Skilled Hand Shared Culture'.


Image credit: Courtesy of The Social Studio, Art Comes First and Grace Dlabik. 


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