Fabric of Life



The Nature of Fashion

28th February, 2019

A part of the Deeper Thinking Series, we will explore the cultural roots of fashion, thinking about how our consumer habits have literally changed our relationship to the clothes we wear. We will explore our history of exporting our environmental impacts and how cultural uses of fashion have (and can) evolve(d). The panel, which will include Edwina Ehrman and Kate Fletcher, will explore how to use fashion as a pro-environmental force.


Edwina Ehrman is Senior Exhibition Curator at the V&A and the curator of 'Fashioned from Nature.' The exhibition won Best Creative Programming at Julie’s Bicycle’s 2018 Creative Green Awards. The awards celebrate the work of cultural institutions who embed environmental action within their work. Her previous exhibitions include 'Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear' and 'Wedding Dresses 1775-2014'​.

John Sauven  is a trained economist and environmentalist, and executive director of Greenpeace UK since 2008. Before that he was the director responsible for Greenpeace communications and specialised on solutions and working with business.

Kate Fletcher is Professor of Sustainability, Design, Fashion at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, University of the Arts London where she has a broad remit spanning enterprise, education and research. Her strategic leadership permeates the Centre’s activities, including its role as co-secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion at the House of Lords.

Ella Saltmarshe isa specialist in innovation and systems change. She is a director of the Point People, a collective of innovators, artists and entrepreneurs focused on systemic change; she co-founded Systems Changers; co-authored Building the Language for Systems Change and this year is co-designing the first systems change leadership programme in the UK. Ella has been published in Fast Company, The Financial Times, Creative Review, Wired (Online), ID, The Stanford Social Innovation Review (Online).

Also part of Synchronicity Earth's Deeper Thinking Series, the evening will explore the cultural roots of environmentally-damaging fashion, our history of exporting our environmental impacts, and how cultural values not only have shaped the present, but can be harnessed to direct the future. The panel will explore how to use fashion as a pro-environmental force.


6:30 PM - Doors
7:00 PM - Panel


The Royal Institution

21 Albemarle St

London W1S 4BS

The Royal Institution building on Albemarle Street, London, circa 1838. The Royal Institution of Great Britain (often abbreviated as the Royal Institution or Ri) is an organisation devoted to scientific education and research, based in London. It was founded in 1799 by the leading British scientists of the age including for diffusing the knowledge, and facilitating the general introduction, of useful mechanical inventions and improvements; and for teaching, by courses of philosophical lectures and experiments, the application of science to the common purposes of life.

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