The Fashion Professorship aims to rethink the cracks in the fashion system and the role that fashion plays – and could potentially play – in relation to urgent social, cultural, environmental and political developments in contemporary society. We envision an alternative and more engaged future of fashion in which we do more justice to fashion’s human dimension. Through research, design and critical thinking, we analyse and develop alternative approaches, systems, vocabularies and strategies. In doing so, we aim to activate the power of fashion to reimagine future bodies, future materials and future makers to contribute to resilient futures and inclusive societies.
Fashion Colloquium 2020, is the launch of Third series of Fashion Colloquia recognizing the importance of a ‘Responsible’ future. It will be hosted by the ARCH College of Design & Business in Jaipur. ARCH College of Design & Business, Jaipur, India (known formerly as the ARCH Academy of Design) was established in the year 2000 with a vision to engage the natural potential of an individual through Design education, and ‘empower’ them to ‘evolve’, through the spirit of holistic ‘co-creation’, enabled by positive thought and action.
Following the forerunning events, the Fashion Colloquia in Jaipur will bring forward themes with particular relevance to the specific location. It will allow varied different sets of contributions - from a broad selection of people from academia, media and practice - to be added and explored, within a responsible and interdisciplinary frame and context in order to invest in a shared & sustainable future for fashion.
Theme: Heritage… Stories of Change …Our Shared Future
The Stories of our past have evolved from our rich heritage and culture and have shaped our present lives. The quest of the human mind to know the unknown is the lead for the creation of our future. While design is all about the unpredictable emerging from the known, there is a constant desire to explore. In this quest of life, stories play a great role. While the present is an outcome of the stories of our past; the future aspires for new stories to be written for our meaningful existence of a shared future.
The Colloquia at Jaipur, India in January 2020 will provide a forum for discussions, debate and interaction on how essential and integral it is for us to protect and preserve the colors and threads of our rich material culture and the unique stories they tell us. Narratives and Researches will be brought by experts who will bring together the rich variegated forms of storytelling to build a new shared future.
Join hands with us if you believe that stories from our heritage and Indigenous knowledge systems from across the planet could open new ways of thinking and we bring meaningful conversation and dialogue for transformation.
We welcome contributions related to the following sub-themes:
Myth to Meaning - Narratives Towards Sustainable Futures
Explores legends or folklore surrounding textile heritage, indigenous crafts & methodologies that hold the potential to stir new perspectives into the world of fashion.
Disruption & Innovation - Academia & Industry
Reformulates the perspective of academia and industry through design thinking methods.
New Technologies & New Paradigms - Stories of Transformation
Invites stories that trigger creative, disruptive and conscious fashion and design practices by applying technological developments combined with ideation and speculation.
Change Makers - New Fashion Business Models
Encourages business models that do not conform, but reform. New domains may include reinvention of the competitive landscape, market-driven economy vs impact investment, redefining business success and inclusive growth.
Fashion Governance in a Local Context
Examines the role of governance in the sector by highlighting the importance of rethinking the rips in the existing fashion system and offering alternate approaches and fresh perspectives.
Abstract for Research Paper & Poster – deadline September 15, 2019