The Environmental Audit Committee will be holding an evidence hearing at the Victoria & Albert Museum where MPs question ‘a range of high-profile guest speakers” on fashion and sustainability, as part of its ongoing inquiry examining the sustainability of the British fashion industry.
A panel of designers, upcyclers and innovators (the names of participants has yet to be revealed) will about how to fix the fashion industry, cut waste and improve conditions for garment workers.
The session will explore issues highlighted in the V&A’s Fashioned from Nature exhibition and will help inform recommendations that the Committee will make to Government in a major report due to be published next year.
Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee Mary Creagh, MP said: “The way we design, produce and discard our clothes has a huge impact on people and our planet. From sweatshop factories, to waste, pollution and climate changing emissions.
“We have teamed up with the V&A to explore some of the issues highlighted in its Fashion from Nature exhibition and examine how the fashion sector can remodel itself to be more sustainable. I would encourage anyone who has a passion for this issue or just wants to learn more to come and join us.”
Creagh recently wrote to leading fashion retail bosses asking them to accept for their environmental practices and said that some could be called in front of MPs to give evidence.
The V&A event is open to the public and free to attend. Guests can register via Eventbrite for the limited number of remaining tickets.
An oral evidence session was staged today at the Houses of Parliament with leading experts including: Dr Mark Sumner, University of Leeds; Stella Claxton, Senior Lecturer, Clothing Sustainability Research Group, Nottingham Trent University; Professor Richard Thompson, University of Plymouth; Alan Wheeler, Textiles Recycling Association; Sarah O’Connor, Financial Times investigative reporter; Kate Elsayed-Ali, Anti Slavery International; and Sarah Ditty, Fashion Revolution.
Mary Creagh, MP is just one of the speakers at our inaugural Fashion Futures Forum in partnership with Avery Dennison to be staged at White City House in West London on Tuesday 27 November. Additional speakers include: Gemma Metheringham, chief creative officer NEXT/LABEL; Maria Grachvogel; Sandra Martens-Lustig, joint managing director, Agent Provocateur; Tamsin Lejeune, CEO, Ethical Fashion Forum; Jonathan Mitchell, founder, Brothers We Stand.
A limited number of tickets are available for this half-day event, priced at just £95+VAT. Tickets are available to purchase here.