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Save the Date – TEXTILE TOOLBOX online exhibition

Prof. Rebecca Earley
Principal Investigator, Textiles Environment Design, University of the Arts London

14 October 2014

The TEXTILE TOOLBOX exhibition launches online on 13th November. It is a showcase of ten propositional design concepts inspired by Mistra research into the sustainability of the fashion and textile industry.

Prof. Rebecca Earley

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The exhibition platform functions as a research and public engagement 
tool formed around TED’s ‘The TEN’ – design strategies for innovative sustainability thinking and action. The exhibition proposes how these strategies can translate technical and scientific research breakthroughs into design concepts. The new products demonstrate the potential for progressing a sustainable fashion system with new materials, processes, applications and business models. The exhibits are a starting point for discussion – provocations, or ‘provotypes’- showing us how design tools can create entirely new visions for the future of the industry. This unique online platform offers a global audience a glimpse of a sustainable future fashion industry. An industry that ultimately gives the consumer pleasure whilst also giving the planet and its inhabitants absolute consideration.

The final design pieces use a strategic ‘TEN’ approach to create beautiful fashions for style fans to savour, with aesthetics connecting and responding to the scientific research of the MISTRA Future Fashion consortium.



  1. Seamsdress, by Dr Kate Goldsworthy
  2. A.S.A.P (Paper Cloth), by Prof Kay Politowicz, Sandy MacLennan (East Central), Dr Kate Goldsworthy, David Telfer (COS) and Dr Hjalmar Granberg (Innventia)
  3. Shanghai Shirt, by Prof Becky Earley and Isabel Dodd
  4. Inner/Outer Jacket, by Clara Vuletich
  5. DeNAture, by Miriam Ribul in collaboration with Hanna de la Motte (SP)
  6. ReDressing Activism, by Prof Becky Earley, Emmeline Child and Bridget Harvey
  7. Smörgåsbord, by Melanie Bowles and Kathy Round
  8. Sweaver, by Josefin Tissingh
  9. Fast Refashion, by Prof Becky Earley
  10. A Jumper to Lend, A Jumper to Mend, by Bridget Harvey



The collaborations with scientists, academics and professionals, have lead to Tool Kits for action, instructions for making, resources for learning, and films to sit back and watch. International training tools and education models will be available from the site as a free download in the final report in June 2015.


Open Call: 

We will also invite a global fashion design audience to submit their own sustainable future fashion projects to us, and selected works will be showcased in an open gallery on the site.


For more information:

Please contact Angela Hartley, TFRC Manager, tfrc@tfrc.org.uk

To follow the project’s progress and send feedback use Twitter, @textiletoolbox, or the Facebook group, Textiletoolbox.