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Ethical Fashion Forum in Institutions

In its effort to promote the principles of ethical fashion, the Forum aims to function as a bridge, linking educational institutions and their students with various topics related to sustainability. Find some of our past projects below.

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Activities at Universities

Presence at the University of Palermo 

The Forum provided a series of talks about Ethical Fashion at the University of Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, initiating the call for the Real work for real clients competition (2009 -2010). The students developed a proposal in response to a request made by a company which, faced with a particular difficulty, came to the School in search of a solution.

During another semester, the Forum worked on a project about Andean fashion within a course chaired by designer Marcelo Senra. The 23 students who participated submitted proposals after researching materials, culture and techniques. The resulting work was then displayed in a public fashion show at the University on November 25, 2009.

An international jury selected three winners. The awards were presented in March 2010, attended by deans and professors. 

 

Seminar at the Metropolitan Design Center (CMD) 

In May 2011, the Forum called universities and actors of the fashion world to discuss ethical fashion and its trends and challenges in the seminar Ethical fashion: global trends, local challenges

With an audience of approximately 100 participants, a panel explored sustainability in fashion, considering the whole production chain, integrating aspects such as design, manufacturing and consumer education; transparency and feedback; use phase and disposal; and production and sources of fiber. 

 

Seminar at the University of Buenos Aires 

In June 2011, the Forum hosted an ethical fashion seminar for Fashion Design students at the University of Buenos Aires' Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism (FADU). 

Around 280 first and second-year students participated in a course which analized the meaning of sustainable design and ethical fashion, while discussing the impact clothes production has on the environment and on the people who make the clothes we wear. 

 

Discussions in the Metropolitan Design Center (CMD) 

On June 17, 2011, the Forum was present at a discussion forum on sustainable projects as part of the Integrating the future program at the Metropolitan Design Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

At the event, the president of Hecho x Nosotros, Adriana Marina, moderated a discussion in which the speakers discussed the importance of ethical fashion. 

 

Course on sustainability in fashion 

The Forum organized and conducted an online chat as an introduction to the Course on sustainability in fashion. The meeting took place on November 14, 2012, and 81 people from around the world participated. 

During the session, panelists from across Latin America and the United States discussed the economic, environmental and social aspects demanded by the industry today, as well as recent trends and developments in the sector; opportunities in the regional production chain; standards and certification, marketing and market access; and marketing tools, among other things. 

 

Conferences 

Various conferences were offered during the Ethical Fashion Show in its 2009, 2010 and 2011 editions; as well as at the Source Expo (hosted by the Ethical Fashion Forum London annually since 2010); and various events were coordinated by associated institutions in Peru (Lima and Arequipa), between 2008 and 2011. 

We also gave a talk at the 2013 Greenshowroom (Berlin, Germany), a tradeshow that brings together ethical fashion suppliers to connect them with national and international buyers.

 

Work in Secondary Schools

An approach to Wichi culture 
 
In 2010, the Forum came to the province of Salta, Argentina, with the NGO Hecho por nosotros to develop the Interdisciplinary workshop 'An approach to the Wichi culture': an activity aimed at recovering myths and legends of the Andes, and at highlighting the wichi experience in its relationship with nature. 
 
The activities took place at the No. 5.159 school of Salta, led by a multidisciplinary group of faculty and recognized specialists who taught the youth of eighth and ninth grade ancestral legends and native arts, especially encouraging their ability and desire to create through literature, printmaking and weaving. 
 
One of the central themes of the workshop were chaguar textiles, which come from a native plant wichi women used to produce fabrics. Students thus had the opportunity to collect and clean chaguar, dye fibers, and learn how to spin them. In addition, they were taught an easy technique to make bracelets and necklaces with local seeds. 
 
As a corollary of the workshop, students competed with their works (produced over the course of the activity) for prizes, which encouraged them to further develop the skills acquired in their own endeavors.