Keywords

Transition/change, Disruption, role of creativity, heritage and craftmanship, technology, gender fluidity, intergenerational issues, inter-relational creativity, circular economy, ecosystem 

Subthemes

  1. Breaking stereotypes: Revisiting fashion imagery and gender fluidity
  2. Breaking the internet: New technologies fashion: COVID-19 have shown the possibilities and limitations of the digital world for fashion. How can digital strategies reinforce the design process, the distribution and retail, fashion marketing, and consumption in fashion.
  3. Breaking the mold: Do we need to develop new types contributors to the fashion world? How can we improve and find innovative and sustainable business models and new collaborative forms?
  4. Breaking the economic system: How can we change the fashion economic system, one that has been based on fast fashion, hyper consumerism and exploitation into a more circular, and socially more balanced ecosystem?
  5. Breaking the rules: Reflecting on fashion education: How should we prepare young people for the fashion industry? As an independent designer or part of a collective or a larger company?
  6. Breaking down creativity: What have we learnt about managing creatives for the fashion industry?  What does creativity and craftsmanship mean in the 21st century? How does this impact on notions such as authorship?
  7. Breaking down and building new roles: Fashion designers are looking to take on different roles within society: designing, curating exhibitions, collaborating with other arts sectors, and so on… And what is the role of leadership and management in this transition?