Tuesday 20 November 2018 -
10:00 to 11:30

In the framework of our programme supporting designers in their journey to sustainability in Europe, The British Council organizes in partnership with BIAAF, BIDC and BBK the European workshops: Sustainable Fashion NOW.The sustainable fashion workshops organized by the British Council are a benchmark in Europe that for the first time are organized in Bilbao thanks to the partnership between BIAAF, British Council, BIDC and BBK.  Free entrance

INAUGURAL CONFERENCE: - Speakers: Elisa Palomino (BA Fashion Print Pathway Leader at Central Saint Martin’s) and Kendall Robins (Architecture, Design and Fashion Acting Senior Programme Managerat the British Council).

"Sustainable practices are now becoming part of mainstream fashion and they are being seen as an opportunity rather than a challenge for the fashion industry. The advancements of sustainable textile development are allowing designers to further their visions on fashion. Designers are now able to choose or develop their own sustainable materials taking care of the environment. 

Craft connects material sourcing and the relationship of the maker with the natural world. Craft promotes sustainable development and social impact Craft offers an alternative way of thinking about the world and can contribute to the building of re-localised, resilient communities. 

This workshop provides an overview of the new alternative materials for sustainable fashion and the concept of craft: the application of skills and material-based knowledge to small-scale production.

The workshop is intended to explore contemporary sustainable materials for fashion and the connection between craft and material sourcing, offering you a wider perspective to help you discover your individual approach to contributing to more sustainable practices." Elisa Palomino - Central Saint Martins

Recognized fashion designer, Elisa Palomino is an experienced educator with an extensive history of working across educational institutions including international universities, museums and galleries. Here training has been working in the Fashion Luxury industry for 25 years including Head of the Studio at John Galliano for eight years, Christian Dior H. Couture, Roberto Cavalli, Moschino and Diane von Furstenberg. In 2010, she launched her own label showing for five consecutive seasons at New York, Milan, Rome, Madrid and London fashion weeks.

She has a teaching portfolio in a number of locations around the world such as Polimoda, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Iceland Academy of the Arts, San Francisco’s Academy of Art University, FIT, Shenkar University, Bunka Gakuen, IED. She’s sat on a range of international committees including International Talent Support (ITS), Mango International Fashion Competition, Remix and Bilbao Arts and Fashion.

Since 2012, she directs the Fashion Print department at Central Saint Martins where she’s developed innovative education projects in collaboration with external professionals, including Kering, Gucci, Loewe, Versace, Balmain, Nike, Museo Cristobal Balenciaga, V&A and British Library. She’s created new funding streams through sponsors: Inditex, Kering, Alcantara, Sophie Hallette and a successful income-generating strand of learning through short courses at ltd. She’s mentored fashion designers such Richard Quinn, the first recipient of Her Majesty’s British Design Award and H&M design award winner 2016, Stefan Cooke, H&M design award winner 2017 and Wataru Tominaga 2016 Hyères International Festival winner.

She’s pioneered the adoption of sustainable practices into the Fashion Print education curriculum at CSM and she’s developed best practice between craft and digital design. Her research focus is inter-disciplinary, within the context of sustainability, integrating traditional craftsmanship methods with new technologies, keeping in mind the importance of environmental, ethical, and social impact of fashion products.

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