Kate Fletcher explores alternative fashion systems that value a broader range of fashion activity than is currently recognized, drawing upon examples of the ”craft of use” in her project Local Wisdom. Fletcher will touch on alternative ways to organize traffic in order to promote awareness, attentiveness and mobility, and will reflect on what this may mean for fashion, proposing alternative ideas around a new sort of fashion-ability.
Kate Fletcher has over the last 15 years come to define a progressive outlook on the field of fashion, textiles and sustainability. Kate is the instigator of several sustainability projects including Local Wisdom, which has engaged thousands of people worldwide through the emphasis on ”craft of use” and ”post-growth” fashion. Kate has over 50 scholarly and popular publications in the field, and is author of Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys (2008) and co-author of Fashion and Sustainability: Design for Change (2012). Kate is Reader in Sustainable Fashion at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion.