Design Museum Academy Design for Business

Circular Design for Fashion

Join us on a one-day course tailored to small and medium sized fashion design businesses that are looking to implement actionable steps to reduce waste and enhance their circularity practices.

This event has been postponed to 2024. You can email if you'd like to be contacted about the future date.

What to expect

This workshop is ideal for small and medium sized fashion design businesses wishing to enhance their understanding of zero waste design and zero waste principles around pattern cutting, the sustainable use of materials, and the case for reuse and regenerative materials.

The Fashion and Textiles industry is a major contributor to global carbon emissions and the UK alone generates c.300,000 tonnes of textile waste per year.

As part of Design Museum Academy’s Design for Business series, the Circular Design for Fashion workshop will empower businesses who are seeking practical tools to reduce carbon emissions and waste as part of their design practice.

This course has been developed in partnership with British Fashion Council’s Institute of Positive Fashion and Future Fashion Factory, blending expertise from academia and industry, matching evidence-based insight with hands-on practical workshops led by top designers and industrial experts.

Sessions will include the following:

Growing a circular fashion design company through craft, creativity and community
A case study from designer Christopher Raeburn, exploring RÆBURN's innovative approach to Responsible Design and the important of collaboration to test, learn and scale.

Institute of Positive Fashion: Changing Landscapes – a legislative focus
The session will cover some of the key aspects of the proposed new regulations per EU’s sustainable and circular textiles strategy, which will introduce new requirements on how fashion products are being designed and manufactured, marketed and disposed of.

More speakers will be confirmed soon.

Programme Outline

09:00. Arrival reception and coffee 

09:30 Welcome and introductions 

09:45 The Design Museum – What is Circular Design? – featuring content from Waste Age: What can design do? and REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion

10:15 University of Leeds – What does Circular Design mean for fashion?

11:15 Break 

11:30 Growing a circular fashion design company through craft, creativity and community. Case Study with Q&A: Christopher Raeburn

12:30 Practical workshop – putting theory into practice

13:15 Lunch

14:00 Case Study 2

14:30 Institute of Positive Fashion: Changing Landscapes – a legislative focus

15:30 Break

15:45 Curated surgery

16:30 End

• Lunch and light refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

• Your workshop ticket will give you same day access to our exhibition REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion sponsored by Alexander McQueen.

Images: Courtsey of Raeburn


Dr Mark Sumner

Sumner is a lecturer in Sustainable Fashion at the University of Leeds. His research topics include textile and fashion sustainability, microplastics, modern slavery and consumer behaviour. He has made major contributions to UK and International sustainability initiatives and contributed to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee report on Fast Fashion, as well as industry projects with a wide range of clothing brands.


Christopher Raeburn

NEWGEN alumnus Raeburn is a graduate of London’s Royal College of Art, whose pioneering work has brought responsible design to a global audience and presents a new definition of luxury with integrity. Founded in 2009, the RÆMADE ethos in particular has pioneered the reworking of surplus fabrics and garments to create innovative and functional pieces. Over the past 10+ years, RÆBURN has secured connections with the likes of Moncler, The North Face, Umbro, Rapha, Aesop and many more.

Rebecca Lewin

Lewin is a curator and writer based in London. Currently developing her first exhibition as Senior Curator at the Design Museum, she was previously Curator, Exhibitions and Design at Serpentine, London. As well as producing independent exhibitions and texts, she has also been a guest lecturer at Chelsea College of Art & Design and Slade School of Art, and has taught on courses at the Royal College of Art and Design Academy Eindhoven.

Shailja Dube

Dube leads the Institute of Positive Fashion (IPF) programme at the British Fashion Council (BFC). Within this role, she supports BFC members prepare for the EU’s sustainable and circular textiles strategy and directs the IPF’s flagship programme, the Circular Fashion Ecosystem Project, which is establishing a circular economy for UK fashion. Shailja holds a BEng in Mechanical and Environmental Engineering, MSc in Product Innovation, and is an alumnus of Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership.

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Booking information

Adult: £330
Early bird Adult: £300
Members: £280
Early bird Members: £250

Check out the Design Museum Academy refunds and cancellations policy here.

This event has been postponed to 2024. You can email if you'd like to be contacted about the future date.

Further reading

Working to make change in ‘Waste Age’

Reducing impact is everyone's business and a continuous learning process. Discover how the Design Museum is experimenting with adopting new methods to cut the environmental cost of its exhibitions. Through Waste Age: What Can Design Do, on display until 20 February 2022, the museum set out to understand the resource use, production methods, supply chains, and lifecycles of all exhibits and materials.

To make sure the museum was genuinely challenging existing methods, an advisory panel of leading experts were appointed alongside URGE to guide the development of the exhibition, and the museum teams also partnered with designers dedicated to ecological practices.

"We asked specialists to monitor our process, helping us to make change throughout."
– Gemma Curtin, Waste Age Curator, the Design Museum

The museum's commitment to a greener future

The Design Museum makes the impact of design visible to all, therefore we are committed to showing how we can all do things differently to get better outcomes for the environment. Through our programmes and how the museum’s operations are run, the museum will continue to champion design that makes a difference. Below you can find how we have sought to put in practice this thinking so far.

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