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'Fashion as Folklore' A challenge-led design symposium

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The Forward Project presents ‘Fashion as Folklore’ – a challenge-led sustainability and design symposium, in partnership with NCAD and Brown Thomas.


This event aims to explore and unpack the importance of the stories we tell through and about the textiles and fashion we design, produce, use and waste.

Today’s fashion and textiles industry is one of the most wasteful and pollutive industries on earth – but it is also one of the most creative, lucrative and consumer facing. If any industry has the impetus and ability to change its spots, we do.

But how can, and should, this change happen?

How can stories and storytelling be an instrument for driving change?
And how can textiles and fashion – as powerful carriers of meaning, identity and stories – be an instrument for driving change?

The event opens with a programme of talks from thinkers, practitioners and storytellers at the forefront of circularity and fashion, who will cast their personal perspectives on this complex and evolving topic.


●  Gwen Cunningham

●  Gareth Broadbent

●  Teppei Sugaya

●  Robyn Lynch

In the afternoon, an intimate interactive workshop (invitee only) will be held that aims to harness the collective power of industry and education and practically apply the morning’s insights and learnings to a ‘real-life’ circular challenge, brought to the table by Brown Thomas. NCAD students, experts, industry professionals and Brown Thomas team members will work together to unpack the challenge, and design innovative solutions and interventions.

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Additional Information
  • Please note: The morning of talks is open to the public (tickets available on Eventbrite, advance booking only). The afternoon workshop is invitee only.

  • Parking is not available at the venue. Transport by coach from Merrion Square South, Dublin 2 will be provided. Time: 8am call for 8.15am departure.

  • Transport back to Dublin will depart from The Deerstone venue at 2pm, arriving at Merrion Square at approximately 3pm.
    Both transport and lunch are included in the ticket price.

Inclusivity by its very nature challenges norms and boundaries. It also asks us to broaden our minds and adapt to the unusual. Considering the crises we are facing in the next few decades, that is a skill set we are going to need more than ever.

Tom Watts

DCCI Head of Design | Programme Director

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