During this extended project, students will combine creative and practical skills with an in-depth analysis of fast fashion and the textile supply chain. This programme of work is designed to take students on an in-depth journey from our UK high streets to the fields, factories, homes and mills where most of our textiles originate. Longer projects often end with a fashion show or Dragon’s Den style presentation of work to classmates and teachers. When creating a longer programme of work, TRAID works flexibly teachers and can provide additional drop down days. The following is designed to be tailored to ongoing work.

Insight into Ethical Fashion and TRAID

We launch this programme of work with an overview of the charity TRAID and our work to reuse textiles. This is our starting point to explore the life-cycle of clothes, the impacts of fast fashion, resource management and ethical design. Students will gain an understanding of ethical fashion and will look in detail at recycling textiles, up-cycling, waste reduction, organic cotton, Fairtrade, bio-fibres and biodegradable fabrics.

Supply Chain Analysis

By analysing the supply chain which brings clothes to our high streets, students will gain an understanding of the moral, social and environment impacts of the fashion industry. Using case studies and film clips taken from projects funded by TRAID, students will learn how the availability of cheap labour in the developing world drives down prices and health and safety standards. They will look at the role of different stakeholders from consumers to retailers and consider where responsibility lies. Students leave with a deeper understanding of corporate responsibility and their role and responsibility as consumers.

Up-cycling Project

Students will up-cycle new garments from unwanted, damaged and second-hand clothes, ideally from their own wardrobes. Their creations will be informed by their investigation into the fashion industry as they aim to design and make as sustainably as possible. Students will learn sewing, up-cycling and customisation skills, including how to use or improve their use of a sewing machine. By making a garment for themselves, students will develop an understanding of the effort and processes involved in making even a simple garment, establishing a deeper appreciation of their clothing. Students will present their garments to each other and evaluate the ethics, aesthetics and market for sustainable fashion. Students leave with an enhanced understanding of the supply chain, TRAID’s charity work, and the ethical clothing industry.

Topics Covered

TRAID, Charity, Social Enterprises, Brands, Waste Prevention, Recycling, Reuse, Up-cycling, Resource Management, Ethical Fashion, Fast Fashion, Climate Change, Consumption, International Development, TRAIDremade, Child Labour, Cotton, Organic, Pollution, Garment Factories, Eco-Fibres, Sewing Skills, Design, Fashion illustration.