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Centre for Circular Design at University of the Arts London is a leading voice in academic design research and knowledge exchange. The team focus is on using practice research approaches to create multiple outputs to steer and support circular economies and communities around the globe.

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Shirt Stories: Know Thyself

"Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom." Socrates

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Circular Transitions, Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice

Can academic & industry research create a shared vision for a circular future?

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MISTRA Future Fashion, Phase 2

What if we could design garments for different speeds of use?

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Pulp-It Paper Fashion

Can we improve a material’s desirability and biodegradability with new finishes?

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Laser-Line Mono-T

How can we enable circular and responsive manufacturing through new digital processes?

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Paper Leather Jacket

Can fast fashion ever be sustainable?

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Trash-2-Cash

Can textile waste be made into fabric that's soft as a baby?

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Fashion Fascia

Can textile waste be incorporated into future car production?

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Top 100 Project

How can we extend the use of fashion textile products through narrative design?

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Mapping Nonwoven Networks

Can we transform existing manufacturing lines with 'bolt-on' technologies?

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Circular Design Tools

Can designers make tools to support lifecycle thinking?

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Bringing together Design and LCA

How can we build a conversation with environmental science to inform our creative process?

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Whole Circles

What can research leaders do help grow emerging circular economies?

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Face-ing Collaboration

Can portrait making support interdisciplinary collaboration?

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Mixing it up in Prato

Is mechanical recycling a growing industry?

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The Service Jacket

Do your clothes have the ability to transform into other garments?

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Practices, Places, Projects

How can people connect through circular fashion, location and conviviality?

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Materials Liaisons: facilitating cross-disciplinary communication

Can designers and scientists speak the same language?

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Repair-Making in the Museum

Can repair be a craft practice in its own right?

Mindsets
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Silence Shirts

Can meditation and silent-sketching help bridge gaps in working relationships?

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Shavasana Shirts

Should we shop with a shavasana mindset?

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Man-Made Re-Made

How can we communicate the evolving material landscape for circular design?

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Holistic Fashion Design

Can future fashion designers really change the world?

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The TEN

Can a pack of cards be used as a tool for change?

Major Projects
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Service Shirt

Imagine if our clothes lasted as long as the materials they were made from?

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Textile Toolbox

How can we share our sustainable design tools with the world?

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MISTRA Future Fashion, Phase 1

Can we co-design a new fashion textile industry?

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Weißensee GreenLab

How can we teach students sustainable design through Materials, Models, and Mindsets?

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THERE AND BACK AGAIN: Starting from the end

How can we engage the research community at UAL and beyond around the theme of designing for a circular economy?

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Rebeeca Earley with Melissa Helmsley and other guests.

The Sustainability Sessions

How can fashion designers change ‘business as usual’?

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From Singular to Plural

How possible is it for existing fashion businesses to become circular?

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Design Researchers in Residence

How can design researchers create a more circular industry from the inside?

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Everything that went wrong

What insights can we draw from reflecting on the challenges of prototyping circular garments?

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Copenhagen Fashion Summit and The Sustainable Fashion Research Agenda

How can we engage the industry with sustainable design research?

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Divide, Switch, Blend

As practice researchers, how can we use our diverse skills and knowledge to change industry practices?

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Resyntex Pilot Plant

What might the future of chemical recycling look like?

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The Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology (BFFT)

BFTT is led by University of the Arts London (UAL) in collaboration with UCL, Loughborough University, University of Cambridge, University of Leeds and Queen Mary University London, and includes specialist research centres in sustainable fashion, circular design, fashion business and innovation, digital anthropology, materials and textiles manufacturing

Kate Goldsworthy has taken up the role of Deputy Director of BFTT and continues to work with Rosie Hornbuckle and colleagues at LCF.

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Circular Design Speeds, Mistra

The Circular Design Speeds project was developed as part of the Mistra Future Fashion Design Themeresearch. The proposition was to develop ‘ultra-fast’ and ‘super-slow’ design prototypes for different extremes of use, in order to better understand the design implications of different circular systems.

Researchers worked closely with material developers and service providers, to design appropriate materials for different speeds of use, production and recovery. They developed the concepts whilst also continuing to share their approaches with fashion designers in industry to enable commercial prototypes to be developed alongside the research garments.

The work resulted in several major outcomes: The Circular Transitions conference and Making Circles exhibition in 2016, exhibits in the V&A’s Fashioned from Nature exhibition and permanent collection in 2018, the Disrupting Patterns exhibition with Filippa K also in 2018 and the Circular Design Guidelines to be published in 2019.

See below for project stories:

Service Shirt: a 50-year fashion statement, Mistra

Design for Permanence: Filippa K, Mistra

Fast Forward: Fast & Light Fashion, Mistra

Design for Transience: Filippa K, Mistra

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Service Shirt: a 50-year fashion statement, Mistra

Imagine if our clothes lasted as long as the materials they were made from?

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The Throwaway Dress: Filippa K

100% bio-based and 100% biodegradable, this concept dress is the Filippa K solution to fast fashion. It provides the wearer with an opportunity to update their wardrobe on a whim and dress up for a special occasion - while also reducing the environmental impact of this behaviour.

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The Eternal Trench Coat: Filippa K

A rainy day layer, protective overcoat, or even an unconventional dress, the Filippa K 2018 Front Runner styles are inspired by the eternal elegance of the trench coat and its ability to suit any season or occasion. The light material can be packed easily for on-the-go accessibility, and the water­repellency makes it wearable in any weather.

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Fast Forward: Fast & Light Fashion, Mistra

Could our clothes be produced, worn and recovered to balance fashion with sustainability?

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Research Circles


A collection of essays and interviews edited by Rebecca Earley and authored by the Centre for Circular Design’s internal and external researchers, associates and knowledge exchange collaborators.

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