The Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) at London College of Fashion connects research, education and business to support, inspire and create innovative approaches to fashion. We provoke, challenge and question the fashion status quo; through collaboration we design transforming solutions that balance ecology, society and culture.
Shared Talent is a unique initiative, devised by Dilys Williams, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, encouraging fashion designers to exchange expertise with other protagonists across the supply chain, transcending traditional divisions, be they linguistic, geographic, or discipline based.
Shared Talent India
2009’s Shared Talent India, managed by Hannah Higginson, brought together a diverse group of likeminded designers to share their ideas about fashion, challenge their motivations as designers and question how they create collections. Equipped with research carried out by the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, their collaborative concepts were realised with beautiful results. These results were captured in a photoshoot, images from which can be seen on this website and in the downloadable look book.
Partners and funders
Through partnership between the Defra led Sustainable Clothing Roadmap and the Indian Government under the UK:India Sustainable Development Dialogue, Shared Talent India explored and shared knowledge on sustainable design practice. Those involved include twelve designers, based in both the UK and India, suppliers of Indian textiles, buyers and undergraduates from London College of Fashion, Pearl Academy of Fashion Delhi and Amsterdam Fashion Institute. The initiative aims to innovate towards improved ecological, ethical and cultural criteria in selecting and creating collections and to connect designers and buyers to more sustainable textiles in India.
The Shared Talent India design team
Bevan Ofosu Agyemang (London College of Fashion), Nitin Bal Chauhan, Samant Chauhan, Saurabh Chauhan, (Pearl Academy), Kritika Dawar (Pearl Academy), Eleanor Feddon, Dhairya Gautam (Pearl Academy), Katharina Grube (Amsterdam Fashion Institute), Gaurav Gupta (AKAARO), Varun Gupta, Sahil Jaisingh, (Pearl Academy), Anjana Janardhan, Jattinn Kochhar, Juanita Koerts, (Amsterdam Fashion Institute), Padmaja Krishnan, Gunjan Kumar (Pearl Academy), Pratyush Kumar (Pearl Academy), Ester Miles (London College of Fashion), Charlotte Moore (London College of Fashion), Jaisheel Nishad (Pearl Academy), Anne Prahl, Holly Pressdee, Nieves Ruiz Ramos, Shazia Saleem, Monalisa Saran (Pearl Academy) Annemaria Ven Der Van (Amsterdam Fashion Insitute), Ruta Zabraskaite (London College of Fashion)
Shared Talent India Website
Alex McIntosh, Business Support Manager at The Centre for Sustainable Fashion, developed this website to help fashion entrepreneurs and brands establish a strategy for sourcing sustainably from India; the website also offers the opportunity to make contact with like minded suppliers and skilled craft groups. Consultant Jackie Andrews-Udall worked on the project, offering expert advice and input on content development and the specific challenges and opportunties presented by the Indian textile and fashion industry. Thanks also to Phil Patterson of Colour Connections for his valuable input on the Indian dyeing and finishing industry and Sally Child for her input on the Indian Silk Industry. Sally also provided us with a variety of images and footage used on this website detailing the silk production process.