As part of the Fashion Fictions project, we invite people to devise and run their own affiliated activities. Many of the affiliated activities take place in educational institutions, as outlined on this page.
You can find out how to run your own activity on the Organise page.
Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation
Students at the Dubai Institute for Design and Innovation are working on Stages 1 and 2 of Fashion Fictions as their semester’s main project within their third-year fashion lecture module. The students are given 4 weeks for Stage 1 to create their world and 5 weeks for Stage 2 to develop their prototype.
All students are undertaking the second or third year of their B(des) Design degree and are following the Fashion Design concentration and another, either Product Design, Multimedia or Strategic Design Management. Working remotely online in groups of 3-4, the groups are interdisciplinary throughout. During the course, the students have been introduced to the current challenges within the fashion industry and the impacts from a social, ethical, environmental and economic perspective. Then they have explored alternatives to the prevalent linear fashion system. The students have been taught throughout their courses at DIDI to creatively challenge the status quo so the Fashion Fictions project is the perfect culmination of their theoretical design thinking before they enter their final year.
View some of the 2020 DIDI projects in Explorations.
LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
Students on two second-year BA (Hons) programmes – Fashion Media and Industries (FMI) and Fashion Design and Textiles (FDT) – at LASALLE College of the Arts are working on a Fashion Fictions project that includes Stages 1, 2 and 3 during the 14 week semester.
Students work in groups of up to 4/5 within a research cluster – Future Identities, Fashion Ecologies and Heritage and Luxury – to focus and generate a body of work from a 360° lens questioning the context of fashion today. This project requires students to combine both theoretical knowledge and technical skills within their creative practice while exploring and questioning the global context of fashion. For the framework of this project, the students’ work should consider the geographical region of Southeast Asian territories that share similar particularities, such as: Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Philippines, in the context of a global fashion system. Students will respond to international fashion trends while addressing the local climatic, socio-cultural, economic and political conditions.
View the 2021 LASALLE projects in Explorations.
Nottingham Trent University, UK
First-year students from the Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design department at Nottingham Trent University undertake a short Stage 2 Fashion Fictions project. The project, which spans three 2-hour workshops, is part of a Future Thinking toolkit within a module that aims to develop students’ intellectual curiosity and appreciation of the future as something that can be shaped and questioned.
Working in groups of 4-6, students are given a specified Stage 1 World and asked to create a visual or material prototype to represent everyday life there, presented via 1-5 images and a short written ‘exhibition label’. In the final session these outcomes are shared and discussed with other groups. Students are encouraged to develop their work into a submission for the university’s Sustainability in Practice certificate.
EDU Africa collaborated with the faculty at Elgin Community College (USA) to create a virtual exchange program for a first year English Writing course. Professor Ginger Alms decided on the theme “The Effects of Consumer Capitalism in Africa” for her students to explore and research. The first guest speaker for this virtual exchange program was Dr Erica de Greef from the African Fashion Research Institute. In her presentation, Erica introduced the Fashion Fictions concept and the team decided to write a Stage 1 sketch as part of the course.
The students at Elgin were joined by a cohort of students in South Africa, and the 100-word sketch became a cross-cultural activity where the students could collaborate together in small groups of 2-4 participants. Because the time working together was limited – the groups had only 30 minutes to produce the first draft of their Stage 1 sketch – the students were briefed in advance and came prepared with ideas to discuss. After the session the Elgin students refined the fictions for submission.
London College of Fashion, UK
Fashion Fictions has been used with multiple groups of students at LCF:
A combined Stage 1 and Stage 2 activity was set as part of the Cultural and Historical Studies undergraduate Year 2 Sensory Fashion Project, which involved students from all School of Design and Technology courses. Most chose to work individually. The brief was adjusted slightly as the students were asked to create worlds that had a Sensory aspect and draw on some of the themes from the Sensory Fashion Project. Students had 2 weeks (working independently) to come up with their worlds, which they then presented to the whole cohort. Most chose to work individually, with one group.
A 3-hour Stage 1 workshop was run for Post Graduate Diploma students, many of whom are expecting to go on to MA courses within Fashion. Students were free to work in groups of about three, or individually. The workshop took place during a Sustainability Week where a variety of approaches were being explored.
Italian secondary schools
Aniko Gal ran a series of lessons dedicated to sustainable fashion in Italian high schools and included Fashion Fictions as part of the final reflections and activities with the class. She selected three worlds to share with the group and each student chose one to work with as a Stage 2 activity. The students then presented their work to the class: a paragraph of thoughts on the everyday life in the world they selected and a moodboard. The activity inspired the students and started discussions about the future.