We all wear clothes. Far from being the preserve of a frivolous few, fashion is simply the word we give to the $3 trillion global industry behind what we wear. Today it’s faster and bigger than ever before. It guzzles finite resources, contributes to water pollution and soil erosion and emits more greenhouse gases than aviation and maritime combined. And it’s incredibly wasteful. Of the 100 billion garments produced around the world each year, most will end up landfilled or incinerated. Currently, less than 1% of used clothing is recycled into new textiles. Fashion and science might seem unlikely bedfellows, but they are increasingly getting together and with good reason. From new materials to A.I., science hopes to solve some of fashion’s biggest problems.
When: 7pm, Wednesday 11 September
Where: International House, 96 City Road, Darlington NSW 2008
Register: RSVP online by Thursday 4 September
Clare Press is Vogue’s Sustainability Editor, an author and podcaster. Her critically acclaimed book Wardrobe Crisis, How We Went from Sunday Best to Fast Fashion (Black inc.) examines the fashion industry’s effects on people and planet. The latest, Rise & Resist, How to Change the World (Melbourne University Press) explores movement building and activism. She is currently writing her fourth book about the future of fashion.
The Wardrobe Crisis podcast is now in its third series. Each week, Clare interviews international designers, academics, influencers and industry insiders on all things sustainability-related.
Clare is global ambassador for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular initiative, part of the Fashion Roundtable team in the UK, and a member of Australian advisory board of Fashion Revolution. She sits on Copenhagen Fashion Week’s Sustainability Advisory Board and is one of Global Fashion Agenda’s Content Experts.
Supported by SUIHAA, we had the pleasure of launching the inaugural De Graaff-Elms Roundtable on Sunday 7 April 2019. Guest speakers, Patricia Garcia AO, Professor Mark McKenna and Andrew Ford OAM, spoke eloquently on topics ranging from the philosophy and practice of constructive international relations, pathways to peace, and the role of music promoting cultural diversity.
Patricia is a 2017 Rotary Peace Fellow and Visiting Scholar working on peace, humanitarian practice and development issues, including the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Watch Patricia's presentation
Professor of History, The University of Sydney and author of From the Edge - Australia’s Lost Histories and Moment of Truth: History and Australia’s Future (Quarterly Essay). Watch Mark's presentation
Andrew is a composer, writer and broadcaster who has won awards in each of those capacities, including the 2004 Paul Lowin Prize, a 2010 Green Room Award, and the 2012 Albert H Maggs Prize. Watch Andrew's presentation
The Global Leadership Program (GLP) is a unique learning experience designed to enhance the self-awareness and cross-cultural leadership competencies of residents living at International House.
The Guest Speakers’ Lecture Series within this program presents an exciting opportunity not only for program participants, but also interested members of the University community and public, to access the knowledge and expertise of eminent leaders in a range of professional fields.