22.10.21 – 27.10.21
The most influential minds from all corners of the fashion and retail world came together to explore how an industry that relies on consumption and novelty can become sustainable whilst remaining commercial. This programme of events considered how technology, social change and the climate crisis will shape fashion in the future.
Events at a glance
Our programme of activity investigated how technology, social change and the climate crisis will shape fashion in the future.
A growing body of research has shown the social and environmental impact posed by the clothing industry. Some of the most influential minds from all corners of the fashion and retail world came together to explore how an industry that relies on consumption and novelty can become sustainable whilst remaining commercial. They considered how technology is transforming the way clothes are designed and sourced and how consumer habits need to change to safeguard our future.
Topics covered included:
- Climate change, sustainability and waste
- The impact of technology on the sourcing, design, manufacture and supply of clothes
- The retail experience of the future
- Social responsibility and ethical fashion
- Consumer trends and brands of the future
Global questions our programme explored include:
- Do we really care about who makes our clothes?
- Can we deliver a circular business model for fashion?
- How do we ensure that the clothes of the future are ethically sourced and created?
- What will the consumer want from their clothing in the future?
- What impact will technology have on the future of fashion?
22 – 23 October 2021
Our ‘Future of Textiles’ exhibition hosted and curated by De Montfort University featured technology, interactive displays and digital content enabling visitors to discover exciting developments within the textiles industry including holographic fibre and 3D printing.
24 October 2021
A Fashion Show took place in front of the UK Pavilion, showcasing the best of UK fashion presented by UK fashion colleges and up-and-coming designers.
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25 October 2021
Panels sessions brought together thought leaders and industry icons to explore how fashion and clothing will evolve in the future, covering the key challenges facing the fashion and retail industries.
UK industry experts will discuss fashion, retailing and how fashion will continue to develop around the world. Topics will include diversity and inclusion, future trends in retail and the circular economy in the fashion sector.
The 'Future Focus; UK at Expo' - What will we Wear? podcasts are now live.
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On demand presentations from business leaders and fashion experts to see how the fashion industry is evolving through developments in technology, manufacturing and materials.