Learning Discussion Panel

On Learning and Teaching: Evolving Fashion

How do fashion industry professionals learn and share knowledge? Join us to discuss fashion education syllabuses and systems interrogating the narratives and politics of contemporary academia and speculating on the future of fashion scholarship.

What to expect

Since the founding of the British Fashion Council’s NEWGEN Programme in 1993, successive generations of creative minds have exploded onto the fashion scene, establishing new brands, challenging existing systems and introducing innovative approaches that have influenced fashion globally. The majority of these groundbreaking designers have emerged from the most prestigious London fashion schools, which raises important questions around formal education and the future of fashion pedagogies.

During this conversation panel, education professionals will engage in conversation with NEWGEN designers to discuss the challenges and opportunities for formal fashion education and the scope of learning possibilities that aspiring fashion designers might seek out.

REBEL: 30 Years of British Fashion sponsored by Alexander McQueen is an exhibition in partnership with the British Fashion Council celebrating the 30th anniversary of BFC's NEWGEN programme.

More speakers to be announced soon.


Orsola de Castro

De Castro is an opinion leader in sustainable fashion, a mentor, curator and author. Her brand, From Somewhere, was pioneering in the field of upcycling. In 2006 she started Estethica, the Sustainable Fashion Showcase at London Fashion Week and co-founded Fashion Revolution, the world’s largest fashion activism movement. She is the author of Loved Clothes Last and a lecturer at Central Saint Martins, Middlesex University and Visiting Lecturer on the MSc Humanitarian Intervention at the University of East London.

Gracie Sutton

Sutton is the enterprise manager of FabricWorks - the training, production, and social enterprise arm of Stitches in Time. Gracie has long since believed textiles to be an agent for social change, uplifting individuals through training and employment opportunities. She considers the future of sustainable textiles and fashion to be in a more local and regenerative design approach, working with hard-to-reach communities through sustainable garment production in the UK, India, and Kenya since 2015.

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Adult: £10
Student/Concession: £9
Members*: £8

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Adult event: 18+

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The exhibition

REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion

Sponsored by Alexander McQueen. How does London repeatedly set the creative agenda? Find out in this major exhibition celebrating the city's leading role in global fashion. In collaboration with the British Fashion Council (BFC), it celebrates the 30th anniversary of the BFC’s NEWGEN programme.

Background image: REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion exhibition photograph by Andy Stagg © the Design Museum