CALL FOR PAPERS 2018-03-29T11:09:41+00:00

GFC 2018

What’s Going On? A discourse on Fashion, Design and Sustainability.

We humans have always fashioned protection and adornment for our bodies from the world around us. Beyond this, the activities and artefacts of fashion act as a barometer of our lives and lifestyles.

Today the activity of shielding and embellishing the body is a personal process as well as a global industry with powerful ramifications for the ecological and social world in which we live. From climate change to social inequality, and convivial communities to a new engagement with the natural world, fashion’s activities of design demonstrate prowess and perceptions of ourselves and the world. What’s Going On? in and through fashion can be traced to the intentional shaping of concepts, matter, energy, patterns, garments and experience – to the practices and processes of design.

In this conference, the first to exclusively examine this area, we invite you to explore the dynamics, challenges and propositions of fashion and sustainability through the lens of design thinking and practice and its impact on fashion business and ultimately on the quality of life of the human being.

That is, we ask you to examine ‘What’s Going On?’ in this emerging field of study and to share with others your knowledge and experiences. The conference theme should be understood in the broadest of terms, and is meant to encourage a diverse range of submissions addressing design and sustainability research in the context of fashion and its systems from a variety of philosophical angles and methodological approaches.

The conference is concerned with sharing new knowledge and research findings and we welcome submissions from scholars, educators, industry and creative practitioners, NGOs, think-tanks, provocateurs, policymakers and others. We are keen to represent a multiplicity of voices and perspectives, including those from the Global South, those within, between and of no traditional disciplinary tribes and from all types of research experience.

All submissions must be original, unpublished work. They can include long and short papers, interactive sessions, special sessions, photography, film, performance and other modes of investigation and representation that can be accommodated within the space and time of the conference.

Themes suggested

Submissions should align with at least one of the agenda headings: Power, Nature, Culture, Society.

Possible themes relating to these agendas include:

1. Power

Fashion design for democracy
Fashion business practices for better buying
Fashion education for equality
Fashion as activism
Fashion and politics
Costing and valuing fashion
Fashion and the media

2. Nature

Fashion and learning from nature
Fashion, art and the environment
Fashioned by nature
Fashion systems for sustainability
Fashion, technology and nature
Fashion habits and habitats
Fashion and spirituality
Fashion and human nature

3. Culture

Fashion’s social practices
Fashion, science and sustainability
Fashion Designer and sustainability
Fashion making and meaning
Cultures of care and fashion
Fashion identity, stories and rituals

4. Society

Fashion, migration and conflict
Fashion, technology and sustainability
Fashion Design for Sustainability strategies, methods and tools
Fashion futures, speculative design and scenario planning
Fashion and dignity
Fashion entrepreneurship and sustainable prosperity
Geographies of fashion

Other proposals on each and every one of these
four topics are very much welcomed.


Call for papers

Important dates

March – April 2018

Please submit your abstract until the 22nd of April, the new extended deadline, to: globalfashionconference@gmail.com

April – May – June 2018

Peer Review. Acceptance and feed back to Authors/Proponents

May 2018

Opening of registrations: 1st of May 2018 (early fee rate until the end of July)

July – September

Preparation of final programme.
Release of provisional Programme: Parallel Sessions
DEADLINE for submission of full papers 15th September 2018
Deadline to Register: 30th September (late fee rate from 1st August 2018)

CONFERENCE: 31st of October and 1st of November

Release of final Programme 1st October 2018
Release of Proceedings in electronic format: 31st October










GFC2018 Publication Policy and Authors Guidelines


Scientific Committee

Burak Cakmak

The New School Parsons NYC – United States of America

Cláudio Magalhães

PUC – Rio de Janeiro -Brazil

Damien Delille

University of Lyon – France

David Zajtmann

IFM – Institut Français de la Mode – Paris – France

Dilys Williams

London College of Fashion, UAL – United Kingdom

Dominique Jacomet

IFM – Institut Français de la Mode – Paris – France

Frances Corner

London College of Fashion, UAL – United Kingdom

Isabel Cantista

Universidade Lusíada do Porto – Portugal

Jessica Bugg

RMIT University – Australia

Joanne Entwhistle

Kings College London – United Kingdom

Kate Fletcher

London College of Fashion, UAL – United Kingdom

Lilyan Berlim

Universidade Veiga de Almeida, ESPM – Brazil

Lynda Grose

California College of the Arts – United States of America

Luisa Maria Virginia Collina

Istituto Politecnico di Milano – Italy

Marco Pedroni

University of SC of Milan – Italy

Paula Von Wachenfeldt

Stockholm University – Sweden

Praveen Nahar

National Institute of Design – India

Rebecca Earley

Chelsea College of Arts – UAL – United Kingdom

Rita Salvado

Universidade da Beira Interior – Covilhã – Portugal

Sandy Black

London College of Fashion, UAL – United Kingdom

Simonetta Carbonaro

University of Borås – Sweden

Sophie Woodward

University of Manchester – United Kingdom

Stéphanie Kunert

University of Lyon – France

Teresa Sádaba

ISEM Fashion Business School – Univ. Navarra – Spain

Yoko Takagi

Bunka Gakuen University – Tokyo – Japan

Yolanda Espiña

School of Arts – Catholic University – Porto – Portugal

Vibeke Riisberg

Design School Kolding – Denmark

Global Fashion Conference 2018 Organising Committee

Dilys Williams

Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion, UAL

Paul Yuille

London College of Fashion, UAL

Nina Stevenson

Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion, UAL

Zoe Norton

Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion, UAL

Stéphanie Kunert

University of Lyon

Isabel Cantista

Universidade Lusíada do Porto

What’s going on?

The 2018 edition of GFC is hosted and curated by Centre for Sustainable Fashion, a University of the Arts London Research Centre, based at London College of Fashion. Its members form a community of world recognized researchers, educators and industry practitioners who work together as a connected community in the forming and advancing of Fashion Design for Sustainability. This work is made possible through partnerships with a diverse and dynamic range of peers and networks around the world. With the Centre now in its tenth year, this conference seeks to consolidate knowledge and act as a springboard for the forthcoming decade.