Culture Costume and Dress

5-7th June 2019 Birmingham UK

Panel Discussion

Does fashion have a future?

Fast fashion relies on speed and low costs to deliver the latest trends to our shops, and because the clothes are so cheap we wear them and toss them away without thinking. But doing this places an increasingly unacceptable strain on the environment, exploits workers in poorer societies, and creates unnecessary waste. On the other hand, fashion contributes enormously to the economy, provides an outlet for creative self-expression, and represents a cohesive force that underpins society. In our panel session, experts from all sides of the argument will debate these issues.


Dr Nazli Alimen, Birmingham City University

Carry Somers, Fashion Revolution

Stella Claxton, Nottingham Trent University