Fashioning Education

NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION: Transformation through fashion education?
Towards Systemic Change.
19 May 2022, 6-7.30 pm (CEST)
long table conversation, online

In the modernist logic of the global west fashion was constructed as the favorite child of capitalism. Fashion was defined as essentially transient, modern, urban – thus western. Fashion Education has fed a system based on this narrative. Ever faster. Ever more. One of the fastest growing educational sectors. To contribute to regenerative formation, fashion education has to become unfashionable. It has to disrupt itself, to re-configure itself – to be disruptive. 

With its second public event fashioning education continues to explore the transformative potentials of different fashion educational settings. It debates the extent to which fashion education can contribute to regeneration – from within. It invites opposing positions to a long table discussion supplemented by showcases of social fashion educational projects dedicated to new ecologies of community based on principles of collectivity, collaboration and care – proposing transformative tactics.

The event takes place on Zoom. REGISTER HERE


fashioning education is a collaborative research initiative to open, facilitate and formalise the debate on fashion education against the backdrop of global social transformations. 

It brings together experts and creatives from different fields of fashion related education, research and practice into critical conversation and exploration of the transformative potential of fashion. The intiative seeks to contribute to the reflection, networking and reorientation of fashion education that meets the demands of a sustainable, social and conscious future. The three-year project is funded by the Einstein foundation and jointly led by the colleagues of the Fashion Institute of the Berlin University of the Arts Valeska Schmidt-Thomsen, Franziska Schreiber and Renate Stauss. fashioning educationaims to share and interact by a series of annual public events culminating in a closing conference ‘Fashioning Education: A Conference on Critical Thinking and Making’ in Berlin 2023.  

fashioning education is currently shaped by the following members: Berit Greinke (Prof Dr, Wearable Computing, Berlin University of Arts(UdK)), Britta Bommert (Dr, Fashion Image Collection, Museum of Decorative Arts Berlin(KGM)), Christina Moon (Prof, Dr, Fashion Studies, The New School – Parsons New York), Dilys Williams (Prof, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion (LCF)),  Elisabeth Meier (Prof, Film Costume, Berlin University of Arts (UdK)), Franziska Schreiber (Prof, Fashion Design, Berlin University of Arts (UdK)), Oliver Ibert (Prof, Dr, Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS)), Renate Stauss (Prof, Dr, Fashion Theory, Berlin University of Arts(UdK) & Fashion Studies The American University Paris(AUP)), Valeska Schmidt-Thomsen (Prof, Fashion- and Textile Design, Berlin University of Arts(UdK)), Wowo Kraus (Prof, Fashion Design, Berlin University of Arts(UdK)),  Zowie Broach (Prof, Fashion Design, Royal College of Art London(RCA)), Patrick Presch (Lecturer at the Technical University of Berlin), Tanveer Ahmed (PhD candidate at The Open University).


fashioning education
Prof. Valeska Schmidt-Thomsen, Prof. Franziska Schreiber&Dr. Renate Stauss

Institut für experimentelles Bekleidungs- und Textildesign
Universität der Künste Berlin
Strasse des 17. Juni 118
10623 Berlin

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