Regent's Graduate Show May 2018

Sustainability in Fashion

Event details & Booking

  • Name: Sustainability in Fashion
  • Date: 30 July 2019 - 1 August 2019
  • Time: 9:30
  • Location: Regent’s University London
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Regent’s and International Textile & Apparel Association Joint Conference

The event brings together leading figures in the higher education sector as well as guests from the fashion business community to explore in depth topics and challenges facing today’s fashion and its sustainable future:

  • Sustainability and the environment
  • Humanity and society
  • Design for sustainability
  • Sustainability and the economy
  • Teaching and learning for a sustainable future

You will have a great opportunity to showcase your scholarship on sustainability, hear innovative speakers, participate in panel discussions, workshops and a poster session, while sharing best practice and networking with like-minded professionals; all of this in the beautiful location of Regent’s campus in Regent’s Park.


Kate Fletcher - keynote speaker

Kate Fletcher is Research Professor of Sustainability, Design and Fashion within the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion. For two decades her work has been at the forefront of research in fashion and sustainability and has first defined and then challenged the field. She works with government, business and education. Kate has over 70 scholarly and popular publications in the field and is author of five books including ‘Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys’ which is the principle text in the field in academic seminar rooms around the world. American environmentalist, Paul Hawken, has described her work as ‘a masterpiece of systems redesign’. Recently her work has appeared in fashion magazine Marie Claire and been published by the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of Art. 

Debbie Moorhouse

Debbie Moorhouse is a fashion designer and founder of a sustainable luxury fashion brand. Her designs have been exhibited at London Fashion Week, the British Bridal Exhibition and featured in magazines worldwide. Debbie is the co-founder of the International Society For Sustainable Fashion, a non profit industry organisation for sustainable transformation in fashion. She is also the co-founder of several other non profit organisations and industry initiatives including ISSF Global Zero Waste Fashion Initiative, Sustainable Fashion London, Certified Made in the UK business organisation and the Made in the UK - Clothing, Fashion & Accessories Initiative (UKCFA). 

Caroline Gilby

Caroline Gilby studied at the University of Edinburgh and at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn).  A career in fashion buying with global sourcing responsibilities and work with international designer labels, led to a career in Higher Education, teaching fashion concept development, range planning, sustainable sourcing, buying, brand management, merchandising and marketing.

Joining Ravensbourne in 2012/13, Caroline has implemented a range of student satisfaction initiatives, innovative teaching and learning strategies and focus on curriculum development and investments in technology, cementing her experience in writing and running highly rated ‘student centric’, industry focused courses. Caroline has integrated design with sustainable technology and practice into the fashion curriculum at Ravensbourne.

Rangina Hamidi

Rangina Hamidi, as founder and president of Kandahar Treasure, the first women’s private enterprise in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Rangina provides a life changing economic opportunity for 300 Afghan women, giving them a for profit platform for Kandahar’s unique embroidery work. As one of Kandahar’s leading voices for Afghan women, Rangina has guided the development of groundbreaking networks for women, establishing pioneering weekly women’s meetings, social programs and activities for all women in Kandahar. Her work in Kandahar began when Rangina returned to the country in 2003 compelled by the tragedies befalling her countrywomen. She had escaped her native Afghanistan in 1981, at the age of four, during the Soviet occupation. Rangina moved first to Pakistan and then in 1988, settled in the United States with her family, receiving her education at the University of Virginia.

Noorin Khamisani 

Noorin Khamisani is the founder of the ethical and sustainable fashion label Outsider.  Her work explores responsible production using durable materials to create clothes that are designed with longevity in mind.  Outsider clients include Livia Firth, Elizabeth Moss and Rosie Fortescue. The company has been listed as a Best Buy by the Ethical Consumer Magazine for several years running.  Having worked as a lecturer at the London College of Fashion since 2011, earlier this year Noorin launched the Sustainable Fashion Design short course. Her focus is firmly on educating the next generation of fashion designers to understand the challenges and benefits of design for sustainability.

Chitra Gopalakrishnan

Chitra Gopalakrishnan is a graphic designer with more than 15 years working in corporate branding in Paris, New Delhi, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Boston and now in San Diego. She is a formally trained fine artist and graphic designer (MFA at the ESAG Penninghen, France, 2004 and MFA at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, 2009). Along with her mother anthropologist Indu Menon, she is the co-owner and lead-designer of an artisanal weaving revival project in India called Kara Weaves since 2007. Kara Weaves is a first of its kind social enterprise that works with local weavers of the oft-overlooked thorthu fabric of Kerala and has successfully re-imagined it as a contemporary lifestyle product.”

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: (outline subject to change)



9:30 - 10:15am Coffee & registration

10:15 - 10:45am Welcome

Gill Stark, Assistant Dean | Head of School, School of Creative and Liberal Arts, Regent’s University London

Jana M. Hawley, Dean and Professor, College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism, University of North Texas

Nancy Rutherford, Executive Director, International Textile & Apparel Association (ITAA)

10:45 – 12:00pm Keynote speaker: Kate Fletcher

12:00 – 12:50pm Lunch

12:00 – 5:00pm Vendor's Fair

1:00 – 4:00pm Oral breakout session one/speaker presentation/workshop

4:15 – 5:30pm Networking social event in the Secret Garden

6:00 – 7:30pm Tuke Cinema/Film


9:15 – 9:30am Coffee, registration & welcome

9:30 – 12:45pm Speaker presentations

1:00 – 1:45pm Lunch

1:55 – 4:15pm Oral breakout sessions 2 & 3

4:30 – 5:15pm Fashion clothing and accessories - swapping session 
(Please bring items you would like to swap to the registration, coffee & welcome sessions on Tuesday or Wednesday)

5:30 – 6:30pm Poster session And Fizz with student awards


9:00 – 9:30am Coffee & welcome

9:30 – 11:00am Panel discussions

11:15 – 12:30pm Oral breakout session 4                             

1:00 – 2:30pm Afternoon tea

2:45 – 4:00pm Oral breakout session 5

6:00 – 9:00pm Gala dinner



9:30 - 10:15am Coffee & Registration

10:15 – 10:45am Welcome

Gill Stark, Assistant Dean | Head of School, School of Creative and Liberal Arts, Regent’s University London

Jana M. Hawley, Dean and Professor, College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism, University of North Texas

Nancy Rutherford, Executive Director, International Textile & Apparel Association (ITAA)

10:45 – 12:00pm Keynote speaker: Kate Fletcher

12:00 – 5:00pm Vendor's fair

1:00pm Tours: London Vintage, Fashion Walking Tour, Fashion Exhibition


9:15 – 9:30am Registration, coffee & welcome

9:30 – 12:45pm Speaker presentations

1:00 – 1:45pm Lunch

1:55 – 5:00pm Tours: London Vintage, Fashion Walking Tour, Fashion Exhibition

5:30 – 6:30pm Poster session And Fizz with student awards


9:00 – 9:30am Coffee & welcome

9:30 – 11:00am Panel discussions

11:15 – 5:30pm Tours: London Vintage, Fashion Walking Tour, Fashion Exhibition

6:00 – 9:00pm Trendy London dinner


Opening of registration: 15 December 2018

Registration closing date: 15 July 2019 *

Academic Delegate: £375.00          

Student Delegate:  £225.00

Regent’s Academic Delegate: £150.00          

Regent’s Student Delegate: £100.00          

* You will be able to book accommodation in Regent’s Halls during the Conference registration process, but please note that spaces are limited

* Once booked, this event can be cancelled for a full refund until 1 July 2019. We regret that after this date, bookings are non-refundable

* Please note that Regent’s reserves the right to close registration early once maximum capacity is reached 


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Danubius Hotel Regents Park / ****

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Dorset Square Hotel

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International Student House

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The Royal National Hotel / ****

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Regency Hotel Parkside / ***

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