The cluster operated over 2005, with a programme of three thematic workshops, invited speakers and culminating in an industry forum, a symposium and an experimental fashion event.
The three workshops were based around these overlapping themes:
Ideas were developed based on cluster research and findings, which directly shaped the final events.
A multidisciplinary approach from fashion and textile practitioners, artists, designers, computer and material scientists, cultural theorists, musicians and creative industrialists, working within an academic research context, can interrogate fashion and offer perspectives and cross-fertilisation which would be impossible to contemplate in the commercial environment, but which will ultimately benefit industry.
The immediate outcomes of the Cluster activities were new inter-disciplinary research collaborations with academic institutions and industry.
EVENTS in 2005
Workshop, Theme 1
Digital Fashion? from craft to mass customisation.
Workshop, Theme 2
Fashion in Context: presentation and display, audience and engagement
Workshop, Theme 3
The Fashion paradox: transience and sustainability
Katharine Hamnett talk followed by a discussion
Final INTERROGATING FASHION event 28th and 29th November
Experimental Fashion event*
29th London College of Fashion