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Course / VII edition

Out of Fashion

Recontextualizing fashion, redefining fashion system design and production in the post-Covid 19 and climate change era

Course provided and managed by Connecting Cultures in collaboration with POLI.design

Price
1.500,00 €
Duration
12 Nov. 2021 - 30 May. 2022
Language
  • Italian
Available seats
30
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Course

Out of Fashion is a high level training course on Sustainability in Fashion with the aim of building an overall vision and a systemic approach to the priorities and problems present today in the textile and clothing sectors.

The deep crisis in the fashion industry generated by Covid 19, like all crises, will allow those who are able to grasp some important signals in this radically transformed scenario to look towards a reconstruction with new, more sustainable tools and new opportunities.

Starting from the observation of the great changes taking place – the general reduction in consumption, the leap forward of e-commerce, the new European regulations – in the various modules that define the training project of Out of Fashion, new strategies and visions will be proposed to transform and relaunch the fashion system, starting from the vocation of Made in Italy for quality.

Sustainability plays a key role in this process: the transparency and traceability of the supply chain, the innovation of business models in a circular logic, innovative research in the textile field, biomimicry applied to materials, technology applied to recycling and upcycling, reshoring, the enhancement of the manufacturing tradition of the territory are the values that will renew the old production systems, giving new impetus to a manufacturing sector capable of communicating with a new generation of consumers and intercepting their needs and desires.

Out of Fashion proposes a systemic and 360-degree view on the theme of sustainability in fashion, addressed in all its aspects: new business models, fibers, organic materials, synthetics and environmental sustainability, technological innovations, traceability of the supply chain, corporate responsibility and workers’ rights, communication and relationship with the consumer, successful case histories.
The course is aimed at professionals, executives, emerging entrepreneurs and young workers in the fashion, textile, accessories and retail sectors coming from functional areas related to product development, design, fashion design, technical planning, public relations, marketing, e-commerce and communication.
Out of Fashion is also open to students and recent graduates who are strongly motivated to explore sustainability issues in their curriculum.

The objective of Out of Fashion is to train key figures who are willing to bring the culture of sustainability into their working environments, an indispensable element for relaunching the textile, fashion and apparel sector in the markets of the future.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to orient themselves in the complex context of sustainability and propose viable solutions, having acquired the know-how to begin this vital journey.

Faculty

For information about the Faculty it is possible to visit the following website: https://www.outoffashion.it/docenti/ .

 



Faculty

Federica Vacca Scientific Coordinator
Anna Detheridge Director

Didactics

Frequency

The Out of Fashion course consists of seven modules of two days each, on Friday and Saturday, for a total of 84 hours.

Training objectives

The objective of Out of Fashion is to train key figures who are willing to bring the culture of sustainability into their working environments, an indispensable element for competing in the markets of the future.

At the end of the course, participants will acquire knowledge of more efficient production processes, will be able to orient themselves in the complex context of sustainability and propose viable solutions having acquired the know-how to begin this vital journey.

Didactic Plan

The Out of Fashion course consists of seven modules of two days each, on Friday and Saturday, for a total of 84 hours.

The courses will be delivered mainly in Italian, with the exception of the lessons of the foreign teachers, which will be in English.

Didactic Modules

Module 1 – THE CULTURE OF SUSTAINABILITY: NEW BUSINESS MODELS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Why a Culture of Sustainability is necessary. The changing global scenarios of the fashion and textile/clothing industry in the post-Covid era. Innovative business models in fashion. The processes of traceability, transparency, circularity. Collaborative consumption. Innovation and social impact. The introduction of Inclusive Prosperity. The European scenario: the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the Next Generation EU, the Taxonomy Regulation as an instrument of facilitation for green investors, financing opportunities at international and local level for SMEs that focus on sustainability.

 

Module 2 – SUSTAINABILITY AS A PROCESS: MATERIALS, CHEMISTRY AND PRODUCTION

The sustainability of materials and processes: fibers, fabrics and raw materials used in the textile industry, their life cycle and the environmental impact of production and processing. Analysis of statistical data on consumption trends of world demand.

The control of processes throughout the supply chain to protect the environment and consumer health. Good natural fibers and bad synthetic fibers: let’s debunk a commonplace. The role of innovation and the materials of the future: biodegradable polyester, biopolymers and biomaterials.

 

Module 3 – ETHICS AND TRANSPARENCY: A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

The founding values of sustainable fashion: respect for the environment, for the individual and for work through an assumption of responsibility.

The theme of ethics in its complexity: the traceability of the supply chain, the opportunities and risks of blockchain technology, certifications, delocalization and reshoring, the working conditions of workers and their contracts, the new European legislative context, the management of the supply chain with a view to sustainability and the assessment of environmental and social impact throughout the supply chain.

 

Module 4 – DESIGN AFTER DESIGN

The aims of the new design in the culture of sustainable fashion: not only aesthetics and functionality but also awareness of durability, maintenance and environmental impact of production. The rise of digital manufacturing technologies and the active involvement of conscious consumers in the creation of alternative business models to mass production.

On-demand production with business figures aware of new technological opportunities: from smart fabrics to parametric 3d printing.

 

Module 5 – REUSE, REPAIR, RECYCLE

The complex issue of recycling: definitions of recycling, downcycling and upcycling.

The current limits of recycling and the new technological experiments.

The problem of waste: from the linear system to the circular system; recycling trends in fashion, zero waste design.
The need for a systemic approach and partnerships at local level: the case of the Prato district.
The fundamental role of design in the design of durable, repairable and recyclable products both in creating new garments and accessories from scraps, used clothing and waste.

 

Module 6 – MADE IN ITALY BETWEEN HERITAGE AND INNOVATION

The importance of the Made in Italy manufacturing tradition in the fashion and textile sector. Heritage and Design: Cultural Identity as a Narrative Vehicle. The recovery of business archives as a strategic element for Italian fashion companies.

Italian textile-manufacturing districts that give competitive value to their heritage. The Virtuous Supply Chains of Italian Districts.

 

Module 7 – THE NEW LANGUAGES OF SUSTAINABLE FASHION

The communication of sustainable fashion: analysis of language and images in media and social platforms. Marketing and greenwashing: the obligation of transparency. From customer to stakeholder: communication towards the responsible consumer. The competitive advantage of conscious fashion brands in the transparent communication of virtuous and ethical practices.

Respect for sources, awareness of the cultural origin of visual languages, the ethics of cultural appropriation and the transparency of communication.
The places of commerce, in the modalities and materials of retail outlets.

 

Title Released

At the end of the lessons, a certificate of attendance to the Out of Fashion Course will be issued by Connecting Cultures in collaboration with POLI.design. To receive the certificate it is necessary to attend 70% of the lessons.

Admission

Requirements

The course is aimed at professionals, executives, emerging entrepreneurs and young workers in the fashion, textile, accessories and retail sectors coming from functional areas related to product development, design, fashion design, technical planning, public relations and communication, marketing. The course is also open to students and new graduates who are strongly motivated to deepen the themes of sustainability in their curriculum studies.

The Out of Fashion advanced training course has a limited number of participants. To participate in the selections, you must submit your application.

 

For access to the course will be evaluated:

– CV

– Motivational letter

 

For information on how to apply and the application form:

Connecting Cultures

M: c.lattuada@connectingcultures.info

T: +39 02 36755362

Deadlines

The application deadline is October 31, 2021.

Price

The total value of the course is € 1.500,00 + VAT

There is a 10% discount on course fees for CNA members.

Faculty

For information about the Faculty it is possible to visit the following website: https://www.outoffashion.it/docenti/ .

 

Current edition

Faculty

Federica Vacca Scientific Coordinator
Anna Detheridge Director
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