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November 26, 2018

New exhibition pushes limits of ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ fashion

Swedish fashion retailer Filippa K has launched a new exhibition pushing the limits of ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ fashion following a two-year research project with Mistra Future Fashion, a cross-disciplinary research programme that wants to close the loop on clothing production

By Beth Wright

Swedish fashion retailer Filippa K has launched a new exhibition pushing the limits of ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ fashion following a two-year research project with Mistra Future Fashion, a cross-disciplinary research programme that wants to close the loop on clothing production.

The exhibition, which was launched in partnership with Centre for Circular Design at University of the Arts London, is the result of the Circular Design Speeds research project, which tested new concepts for sustainable design, showcasing what could be accomplished using existing value chains as well as what the future of sustainable fashion holds.

The Disrupting Patterns: Designing for Circular Speeds exhibition was held over the weekend at University of the Arts London. On display were exploratory prototypes – including a Service Shirt developed by Professor Rebecca Earley that is designed to last for more than 50 years – as well as commercial garments produced by Filippa K using existing value chains.  

In addition, by implementing research into existing value chains, Filippa K was also able to showcase a coat that is 100% recycled and recyclable, as well as a concept dress that is 100% bio-based and biodegradable. The garments are a part of Filippa K’s Front Runner series and are available in selected stores from today (26 November). With a focus on products’ length of use and maximising fabric value retention, Filippa K is dedicated to becoming fully circular by 2030.

“Being part of the fashion industry comes with many challenges, especially when considering the fact that we are the second most polluting industry after oil,” says Elin Larsson, sustainability director at Filippa K. “Our industry needs to change and we believe adapting to circular models, like nature’s ecosystem, is one important solution. We want to be able to offer beautiful clothing and to make business within the planetary boundaries.”

In addition, research results on innovative materials, consumer acceptance, composting studies and Life Cycle Assessments were also presented. 

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