GFC – Global Fashion Conference is deeply committed to the promotion of a sustainable model of development.

GFC has a goal: to be a Zero Carbon Conference.

In this conference, we welcome everyone engaged in the study and analysis of the fashion phenomenon – not only researchers from the academic world but, also innovative organisations and companies that work within the fashion system.

People and Planet need Sustainable Fashion. Sustainability needs Innovation, GFC is built on the concept of a sectoral innovation system. The plurisciplinary approach of the conference embrace the components of the system: Politics, International and National Law, Businesses and Entrepreneurial Iniatitives, with a strong focus on R&D and New Technologies, Financial Systems and Education.

From 2008 to 2018 GFC was held on a biannual basis. From 2020 the conference will be held every year with a University that conducts research in fashion studies. This University is involved in all aspects related to the scientific scope of the event.

GFC is committed to developing all efforts in the diffusion of the work presented and that demonstrates a consistent scientific basis subject to peer review.

The 2022 edition of GFC2022 is organised in collaboration with AMD – Akademie Mode & Design – Hochschule Fresenius – University of Applied Sciences. The AMD Akademie Mode & Design offers internationally certified training programs in fashion, design, media, communication and management. Promoting and supporting creative as well as business-oriented youth remains an essential strategic focus of the AMD Akademie Mode & Design for over 30 years of its dedicated educational activities. To enable students to create solutions for future sustainable design and fashion to become change makers for the creative industry.


The first edition of the Conference was promoted by the University of Florence in 2009. In this first edition, 70 people from 40 different countries attended the Conference.

The second edition took place a year later and was promoted by the University of Oporto. Nearly 100 researchers from 26 different countries were present.

The third edition took place in Madrid and was organised with the collaboration of the Universidad Complutense.

Researchers from 31 countries from all over the world attended GFC 2012.

The fourth edition took place at College University Ghent and was attended by more than 200 participants from all over the world.

The fifth edition was held at Stockholm University and the sixth edition took place at the London College of Fashion-UAL. These editions were attended by more of 300 delegates from all over the world.

The 2020 edition of GFC was the first edition online and was organised in collaboration with Université de la Mode – Université Lyon 2 and the Centres of Research ELICO – Research on Information and Communication Sciences and LARHRA the Centre of Research on History Rhône-Alpes.

The 2021 edition was the second online edition held in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.



We invite researchers from academy and industry, and professionals from the world of Fashion to take part in GFC2022 reflecting on how to make sustainable fashion not just a dream, but indeed a reality we are all engaged with.

The conference is a space dedicated to the sharing and exchange of knowledge and experiences of a multi-disciplinary nature and, for this reason, all contributions from the scientific community and from industry, deriving from different branches of knowledge and perspectives are welcome.


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