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Future of Fashion



The world has hit the reset button. The global fashion industry has been going through an existential crisis. But do we know what to do, and what changes we need to make? For the Future of Fashion indaba, Jackie May of Twyg and Dr Erica de Greef of AFRICAN FASHION RESEARCH INSTITUTE curated a series of masterclasses. For this series, we explore solutions suitable to the African context.

We look forward to hosting you. The four topics are:

Textile waste: problem or opportunity?

Tuesday, 3 November 2020 @ 11h00 – 12h00 CAT

Post-consumer textile waste alarmingly makes up more than 6 % of the overall waste stream in Cape Town. This arrives on landfills already under huge pressure, or in drains, rivers and the sea. A radical disruption of the growing mountains of textile waste in Africa and elsewhere, must be imagined, investigated and implemented if we are to create more circular models for fashion and textile waste. Jackie May speaks to director and founder of Hong Kong-based Redress Dr Christina Dean, co-founder of Rewoven, Esethu Cengu and circular economy programme manager of GreenCape Saliem Haider.


What could a circular and fair fashion industry look like?

Thursday, 5 November 2020 @ 11h00 – 12h00 CAT

The mainstream fashion system is currently based on a linear economic model which is extractive and wasteful. Not only is it wasteful and toxic, it’s often unethical. We’re also seeing an emerging young consumer demanding better and more ethical products. So it makes complete sense to rethink business. What examples can we follow? What role do makers, consumers, and government leaders and the media play. Can a circular fashion industry bring transformational opportunities in terms of job creation, fashion entrepreneurship and the creative economy. Listen as Jackie May leads a conversation with designer and systems thinker Rina Strydom, Solophina Nekesa of ICLEI Africa and Ridhwana Shaik, the creative director at Creatively Connected Consulting.


Does the sustainable fashion conversation lack diversity?

Tuesday, 10 November 2020 @ 11h00 – 12h00 CAT

Any ‘sustainable fashion’ Google image search delivers an almost exclusively, Euro-American representation of what sustainable fashion supposedly ‘looks like’. It proposes fairness, and a more equitable and kinder world, yet it excludes. There are very few queer identities, no other-abled bodies, few people of colour, or an almost complete absence of cultural fashions featured [in the conversation]. Recent diversity activism has begun to address this lack in the world of fashion. Join WWF’s Zaynab Sadan as she shares her thoughts on this with co-founder of cnscs Masego Morgan, freelance mythmaker Ky Bxshxff and Fashion Revolution Sudan country co-ordinator Hadeel Osman.


Can we connect slow fashion with our indigenous knowledge?

Thursday, 12 November 2020 @ 11h00 – 12h00 CAT

Slow fashion developed out of a European notion of Slow food, Slow design and Slow life. Yet, when we reflect on the qualities of Slow fashion, these same qualities have been the strengths and foundations of fashion on and from the continent for many years. Issues of community, ethics, eco-social awareness and care, upcycling and recycling, and most importantly, heritage, craftsmanship and meaning, have been integral to the fashion ecologies of the Global South. In this Masterclass, Erica de Greef asks designers Ditiro Mashigo, Rudo Nondo and Lukhanyo Mdingi if it is time to reclaim, and perhaps also rename, Slow fashion as Africans?

About Future of Fashion

Future of Fashion is an indaba of collaborative knowledge-sharing for the development of a thriving, inclusive, ethical, sustainable and future-fit African fashion industry. The indaba is a Rewoven initiative in partnership with the Swedish Institute, Embassy of Sweden, Twyg and the African Fashion Research Institute (AFRI).

This year, the theme is “African Sustainability – Our Way of Being”.

We do not need to look too far from home to learn about sustainability. While the concept of sustainability seems to be a relatively new concept to many of us living in a largely Western world, many indigenous groups in Africa and across the globe have been living in harmony with the environment for thousands of years. We believe there is much to learn about sustainability, circularity, the shared-economy, sustainable material sourcing and more from these communities who’s sustainable practices have stood the test of time. Join us this year, as we explore how the knowledge and wisdom from ancient and indigenous cultures can inform the future of sustainable fashion and the sustainability movement.  You can find the full programme at Rewoven

Our work is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 12, which aims to ensure sustainable consumption and production. Read More