18th and 19th September 2012
Tishman Auditorium, Parsons The New School for Design
‘I had forgotten how impactful and dynamic a presenter Becky is. The MISTRA project is very impressive and far-reaching. I think what impacted me the most is the broad-based multi-point agenda that seems extremely well thought out and considered.’
Sass Brown, www.ecofashiontalk.com
TFRC Researchers Professor Rebecca Earley and Professor Kay Politowicz were invited to take part in the ‘Design Intelligence: Fashion’ event in New York City in September 2012. This exciting initiative was launched by the Swedish Institute with online magazine DesignBoost, and aimed to bring together some of the foremost practitioners, researchers, and academics working within sustainable fashion and textiles today.
TED were invited to give a keynote lecture at this prestigious event as a result of their contribution to the global debate around sustainable design, and in recognition of their considerable profile within practice-based design research. Other speakers included Hazel Clark and Otto von Busch from Parsons the New School for Design; Sarah Scaturro from the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum, and Emy Blixt from Swedish Hasbeens.
‘Design Intelligence: Fashion’ fits neatly with TED’s MISTRA Future Fashion (MiFuFa) project, which has a special focus on interconnected design thinking and processes for sustainable textiles and fashion, and to aim for significantly better environmental performance in the procurement process for both products and services.
The event gave the team an opportunity to present THE TEN sustainable design strategies to a broad range of international delegates: the range of people invited to attend the event reflected distinct approaches to sustainable design, providing a diverse delegate profile – from emerging designers and boutique brands, CSR departments, marketing professionals, to CEOs of large corporations.