Wardrobe Crisis Academy launches a six-week online introductory course to “shake up” sustainable fashion schooling.
The sustainable fashion platform notes that it aims for a wider sustainable fashion education with the online course. It defines it as “accessible” and “engaging” to provide a basic awareness of the concerns leading to sustainable and ethical fashion.
Sustainable Fashion 101, developed in collaboration with the sustainable materials company Arch and Hook and the Australian Fashion Council, is the Wardrobe Crisis Academy’s first course.
Clare Press, the founder and sustainable fashion specialist of Wardrobe Crisis Academy, along with business thought-leaders including Tom Szaky, the founder of TerraCycle, Claire Bergkamp, the chief operational officer of the Textile Exchange, and fashion professor Timo Rissanen, will guide the course, which is online and available worldwide.
In addition, the course will be taught in English according to Wardrobe Crisis Academy in an “engaging, interactive, mixed-media format” by means of recordings, podcasts, lectures, and even meditations, requesting that students schedule two or three hours a week.
The subjects discussed by the course will include workers’ rights, the interaction between fashion and nature, materials, waste, and the circular economy. They will provide students with instruments with which to respond positively.
New accessible, sustainable fashion course launched at Wardrobe Crisis Academy.
Wardrobe Crisis Academy aims the course at anyone who wants to “take advantage” of sustainable fashion “whether they operate in business, aim to, or actually enjoy clothing.”
In a quote, the press commented on the debut course:
“We’re different from what’s there now. These courses demystify the science, data and complexities of major issues such as climate and social justice. They ‘speak fashion’ – so they look gorgeous. And they give you access — we have awesome internationally recognised teachers and experts on board. “
The world marketing director of Arch & Hook, Neda Eneva, added: “Wardrobe Crisis Academy is setting an exciting precedent in providing an accessible, engaging and holistic overview of sustainability challenges and approach for fashion and retail.
“The course gives clear actions on how to drive change – which is why Arch and Hook is such a proud supporter of this educational initiative.”
Sustainable Fashion 101 will therefore begin on 20 May, with lessons released on Thursdays every week until the end of term on 27 June. For unrestricted entry, this course will cost $55/€45 and will be free for Australian Fashion Council representatives.
The chief executive officer of the Australian Fashion Council, Leila Naja Hibri, said of the course:
“Sustainable Fashion 101 is what our industry is asking of: a straightforward and exciting way to learn about sustainability in fashion and beyond.”
By the end of the year, Wardrobe Crisis Academy expects to start three more courses.
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