The conference at Woxsen University saw panel discussions and presentation of 20 papers, focusing on sustainability, cultural and tradition.
Careers360 Connect | November 29, 2023 | 05:11 PM IST
NEW DELHI: Woxsen University’s fashion design department held an international conference on fashion as a tool for social change (FTSC)’ last week. The two-day conference was held on the theme ‘Cultural preservation and innovation’.
Held at the Woxsen University’s School of Arts and Design, the conference saw participation of delegates from around the globe. The knowledge partners of the conference were Uttar Pradesh-based IBA Crafts and White House Apparels Hyderabad.
The event comprised of various keynote speeches, panel discussions, and around 20 paper presentations mainly focusing on fashion and sustainability, cultural and traditional preservation, craft revival, fashion and mental well-being, marginalised communities in fashion, inclusivity and diversity.
On second day of the conference, discussions and presentations on crucial topics such as the representation of marginalised communities in fashion, fashion and body dysmorphia, how fashion can help avoid accidents, help people with dyslexia to improve self-esteem, creating sustainable fashion from deadstock and leftover fabrics: a step towards greener future.
During the keynote speech, Margaret Bishop, adjunct professor of strategic management at Parsons School of Design, USA, spoke on the role of fashion in promoting environmental sustainability. She also urged the industry to take significant strides towards a greener future. Bishop shared her insights on the dark side of fashion and the role of fashion in promoting environmental sustainability, highlighting the environmental impact of the fashion industry, particularly fast fashion.
“There is a pressing need for sustainable alternatives and collective responsibility of all the stakeholders in promoting environmental sustainability through fashion,” she added.
IBA Crafts co-founder Nitin Kapoor said, “One of the most significant challenges that the sustainable fashion industry faces is managing the supply chain. The use of technology can help in this regard. In fact a lot of companies are adopting technology-based supply chain management solutions, including block chain, artificial intelligence and machine learning. These technologies help in maintaining transparency and accountability throughout the supply chain.”
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